EMU re­painted into Bri­tish Rail blue and grey

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Govia Thames­link Rail­way and Bea­con Rail have re­painted 313201, the UK’s first-ever sec­ond-gen­er­a­tion elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit, into Bri­tish Rail blue and grey.

Slight changes have been made to ac­com­mo­date tonal con­trast on doors, to meet ac­ces­si­bil­ity re­quire­ments.

Built by BREL at York, the three- car EMU was re­leased in 1976. Orig­i­nally num­bered 313001, it was ini­tially used on the Great North­ern elec­tri­fied route from Moor­gate. It now op­er­ates on the Coast­way route.

The re­paint was part of its C6 over­haul, which in­cluded work on its doors, air sys­tem and in­te­rior, as well as body­work re­pairs. Its in­te­rior now meets ac­ces­si­bil­ity guide­lines.

Bea­con Rail Di­rec­tor of En­gi­neer­ing Haydn Vaughan said: “We wanted to cel­e­brate the her­itage of this spe­cial train, so the re-liv­ery made per­fect sense.”

GTR Head of Fleet Pro­duc­tion Si­mon Green said: “We’re pleased to be able to help Bea­con Rail cel­e­brate this im­por­tant part of Bri­tain’s rail­way her­itage.”


Re­painted 313201 stands in­side Wolver­ton Works, dis­play­ing its newly ap­plied Bri­tish Rail blue and grey.

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