REMARKABLE progress is being made on the National Collection’s 2HAP two-car EMU, comprising vehicles Nos. 61275 and 75395.
The workshop staff and volunteers at the Locomotion museum in Shildon are now nearing the end of the restoration of the first carriage, in partnership with the Network South East Railway Society, whose members are working on the refurbishment of seats and interior fittings.
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The carriage bears two historic liveries: on one side is the British Rail blue and grey of the 1960s to 1980s, and the other side carries the Network South East livery, which the train carried from 1986 until it was taken out of service.
It is said to be the most comprehensive restoration of an electric train in the UK to date. The carriage is one of a pair that make up possibly the furthest-travelled train in the National Railway Museum’s collection in terms of miles covered in its service life, the equivalent of five times to the moon and back!
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