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Class 377/6 on Seaford branch

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377 604 worked the 18.24 Seaford - Brighton tonight, in connection with football traffic to Falmer.

As far as I know, this is the first visit of a 5-car 377 to the branch, in passenger service.
 
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Were the 6 cars used in full 6 car service? I only ask because when there is a snow plan in place, southern ran 6 cars but locked out 3 cars to do with on board staff? I can't remember the exact reason why though.
 

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Given the need for extra capacity before/after the match, I should think locking one set OOU would be a bit counterproductive.
 

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6 car 313s can run between Brighton and Lewes calling at Falmer only without locking a unit out of use. They do this most matches.
 

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Were the 6 cars used in full 6 car service? I only ask because when there is a snow plan in place, southern ran 6 cars but locked out 3 cars to do with on board staff? I can't remember the exact reason why though.

A snow plan has extra units to allow for more third rail pick up options. Since a 313 does not have SDO and some stations on the west coast cannot cope with more than 4 coaches, the rear 3 on a 313 get locked out. They can be used on football spcials via Falmer as Brighton,Falmer and Lewes can cope with all 6 coaches. The conductor travels in coach 4 (the cab of the second unit)
 

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Thanks for that! No doubt I'll forget that and ask in a couple of years time! Thanks for the info though.
 

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Anyway, could be worse. There are rumors that a 377 was sent on a trip from Clapham towards Watford this morning, but was found to be missing an important bit of kit while leaving the West london line.

:oops:

Not long after I posted this, it was mentioned in the main forum.
 
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A snow plan has extra units to allow for more third rail pick up options. Since a 313 does not have SDO and some stations on the west coast cannot cope with more than 4 coaches, the rear 3 on a 313 get locked out. They can be used on football spcials via Falmer as Brighton,Falmer and Lewes can cope with all 6 coaches. The conductor travels in coach 4 (the cab of the second unit)

Out of interest is there any reason that they have to travel in the 4th coach? Could they not use the 2nd / 3rd / 5th / 6th coaches (which all have door control panels)?
 

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Out of interest is there any reason that they have to travel in the 4th coach? Could they not use the 2nd / 3rd / 5th / 6th coaches (which all have door control panels)?

The train is very busy, so easier to travel in, and dispatch from, the cab
 

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Out of interest is there any reason that they have to travel in the 4th coach? Could they not use the 2nd / 3rd / 5th / 6th coaches (which all have door control panels)?

In case the train splits on route you have to be in the second unit.


The trains get very busy as well.
 

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There was an 8 car on the Seaford branch last Saturday because of the Brighton v Norwich game, is this normal?
 

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There was an 8 car on the Seaford branch last Saturday because of the Brighton v Norwich game, is this normal?

Yes, usually 6 or 8 car 377's for Saturday football, although there were 2 7car 377's out the other week
 
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