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BR 2-BIL 2 Car Electric Multiple Unit Train Pack (OO Gauge)

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  • Finish: Pristine
  • DCC Type: DCC Ready
  • Livery: BR
  • Class: 2-BIL
  • Designer: Southern Railway
  • Entered Service: 1935
  • Detail: Chassis and Bogie Detail
  • Motor: 5 Pole Skew Wound
  • Purpose: Passenger
  • Dimensions: 510mm
  • Special Features: Sprung Buffers

The Southern Railway (SR) was established in 1923, linking London with the Channel ports, South West England, South coast resorts and Kent. It was the smallest of the 'Big Four' railway regions with most of its revenue coming from passenger traffic rather than freight in the more densely populated region of southern England.

A number of famous 'named' trains were operated by SR including the Brighton Belle, Bournemouth Belle, Golden Arrow, the Night Ferry (London - Paris and Brussels), Atlantic Coast Express and the Devon Belle.

Both Richard Maunsell and Oliver Bulleid served as Chief Mechanical Engineers to the SR between 1923 and 1948 and both designed new locomotives and rolling stock to replace those inherited in 1923.

The electrification of the region began in 1929 under the management of Sir Herbert Walker. On completion it was the world's largest electrified railway system.

Southern Railway gave the designation 2-BIL to the DC third rail electric multiple units built during the 1930s. The formation was a 2-car set: MBTL-DTCL, and were called 2-BIL (2-car Bi-Lavatory stock) because each set had two lavatories, one in each car. They were built to work long distance semi-fast services on the newly electrified lines from London to Eastbourne, Portsmouth and Reading.

Ref: R3257