Slam Doors, Apprentices, & the Other Woman!

An article by TBM Rail Group, assisting the restoration of 4VEP No. 3417 "Gordon Pettitt" ...

Railway restoration projects are nothing new in the UK. We all love our rail history. One project, the Bluebell Railway's 4VEP, number 3417 'Gordon Pettitt' grabbed TBM’s attention. Here’s how we have been helping out... 

First, what’s the project all about? In a nutshell, back in 2004, a nicechap called Chris Buckland was tasked with finding a 4VEP to “do up”. It was to mark the end of slam door units run by South West Trains.

Sifting through the files, of the first 20 VEPs built it soon became clear that no. 3417 was the best of the lot. Built in York back in 1967,it became the focus of the project. This particular unit had largely run on the London to Bournemouth route until the fleet was removed from service ... MORE