Class 442s: The Wessex Electrics (Paperback)
First introduced in the late 1980s, the Class 442s were like nothing that had been seen before in terms of Southern Region electric multiple units. These stylish and sleek trains were the first electric multiple units capable of reaching 100mph, and after many years travelling on the old Southern slam-door stock, mostly in vehicles that dated back to the steam era, the public’s experience of riding in one of the 442s must have been incredible. The class served with several operators, including South West Trains, Southern and South Western Railway. With the advent of COVID-19 and the cutbacks to rail services across the country, after 35 years of service, the Class 442s found themselves on the chopping block. This book is a pictorial tribute of more than 200 images to what was, by far and away, the best electric unit ever to have worked on the Southern Region electrified lines.
This is very much a "record" book, but one that's worth having for a resume of a once proud class."The Journal of the Friends of the National Railway Museum - Summer 2023, Issue 184
"...this book provides a fitting record of their work over the third rail electrified lines of Southern England."West Somerset Railway Association
As with other books in this series, this follows a photographic reference format in a A5 size. The book starts with a short introduction to the class and a brief outline of the history of the units. The photos cover the period from introduction in 1988 to their withdrawal in 2022. Each member of the class is recorded, with the name plate/crest at the start of each chapter. The various liveries carried by the class are covered, from Network SouthEast through to South Western Railway.Diesel and Electric Modellers United – Issue 102
The majority of the photos are South West Trains however, with a small number of Network SouthEast photos of some of the class and unit 442404 in unbranded white livery. The focus is on the privatisation era, which is no bad thing.
The photos are nicely produced, although due to the format of the book are not big but are clear. A nice addition to the library of the EMU enthusiast. Recommended.