The BR designed Class 313 EMUs have finally been withdrawn from service on the Great Northern routes out of Kings Cross and Moorgate and headed off to the scrapyard, but 19 of the Class hold out on Southern metals, working ‘Coastaway’ services centred on Brighton. Numbered 313201-217 and 313219-20, the units were converted and renumbered from former Silverlink Class 313/1’s that had been used on the North London and Watford DC lines before being displaced by the new Bombardier Class 378s. The 313s were refurbished at Wabtec, Doncaster where they received alterations to the seating and a Passenger Information System, but no toilets, which has proved controversial as they replaced Class 377 units which did have them fitted.
The units began operating on Southern from the May 2010 timetable change, working Eastwards from Brighton to Lewes and Seaford and West to Littlehampton. Nowadays they operate as far afield as Portsmouth in the West and Ore in the East. Southern has no plans to replace its Class 313s. The franchise runs until 2021, so expect them to be in service until after any franchise change. Here’s a selection of images showing their area of operations.