© Text and pictures by Tom Chaffin
In June 1992 the Institution was treated to a private run from London Maylebone to Aylesbury via High Wycombe on an almost new Class 165/0 followed by a visit to the new Networker Turbo depot in Aylesbury. The return journey was via Amersham.
The journey included cab visits for members to see Automatic Train Protection in action.
Note pictures are scans from prints, so please excuse quality.
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A special train was laid on by Network SouthEast to take the L&CI party from London Marylebone to Aylesbury. Seen here upon arrival at Aylesbury. When built there was an issue with the set numbers coming off the cab front, so unfortunately it is not possible to identify the actual Class 165/0
165 029 outside Aylesbury Depot -
Three car unit 165 03 something inside the depot. Again note how clean this train is. Note the ducts coming down from the ceiling which align with exhausts on each carriage, so as to keep the shed air clean
165 032 and an anonymous unit inside the spotlessly clean depot
Another anonymous unit sits next to the lifting jacks. Note the triple pits each side of the rails and the drip trays next to the front bogie to keep the pits underneath clean.
First and standard class interiors on the Class 165/0 as built. Note the Network SouthEast maps. The reading light switches under the armrests in first class was a questionable design feature! Like all Network SoutEast units of the period, they had Edward Pond murals at the vehicle ends, seen in the first class view -
165 015 and an anonymous unit at the buffers at Marylebone. At this time the station only had four platforms
165 016 and another anonymous unit in the former goods sidings on the western side of the station. Due to the significant increase in services since Chiltern Railways was formed, the station has since been extended and new platforms 5 & 6 now occupy this location.
The Institution’s special train shortly before departure from Aylesbury