Railway trip in the UK: the Southern Region bash

Hello everyone.

I apologise that I haven’t made this post earlier.

On the 28th of February I went on a bash starting from Gatwick Airport, going around the Southern region. It was rather short, but I covered lots of track during that time.

At Gatwick I boarded the 1V58 First Great Western service to Reading (departing at 16:03, operated by a Class 166) and took it to Redhill. At Redhill I took the 2B09 Southern service to Tonbridge (operated by a 377). Then I took the 2H64 Southeastern service to London Charing Cross but I got off at London Bridge. This service was operated by two Class 375s coupled together.


375812 at London Bridge.


Platform 5, with a 465 across the track.

I then took the London Underground Northern Line to KIng’s Cross St. Pancras to collect my pre-ordered Oyster Card and then back to Bank, where I took the DLR to Shadwell. I headed for the Overground platforms.


A 378 sits in the northbound platform.

I took the 9C35 to West Croydon. Here’s an interior view of the carriage, showing the wide gangways.


The train was 378142.

I then took the Croydon Tramlink to East Croydon and the 1H36 to Gatwick Airport (operated by Southern, three 377s) and arrived at the new platform 7 at about 20:45.

That was my first National Rail bash. I plan to have another one on the 13th of June, if you have any suggestions for that feel free to comment them below.