Our aim is to restore the motor coaches of unit 7105, part of the original fleet for the 1959 Kent Coast Electrification, to its pre refurbishment design and former glory for generations to enjoy. With your help we will make this a reality. Why not set up a regular standing order payment for the Cep7105 Project, just email the treasurer for further details. Donations large and small welcome via cheque or bank transfer, again contact the treasurer.
In motor coach 61229 the present 1970's design interior with its bold yellows and oranges, lowered ceilings with fluorescent lighting, InterCity 70 seating and tinted hopper windows will all go to be replaced with restful blue and white panelling, higher curved ceilings with soft incandesdcent light bulbs, plush deep sprung seating with individual reading lamps and traditional sliding opener windows completed with orange curtains. This will recreate the once embraced age of travel where seclusion and comfort were important to the British Railway passenger. It is commonly known that during the fleet's refurbishment program where some original units were running coupled to refurbished units passengers would choose to ride in the original unit over the new unit, an indication of how well the new design was received!
Southern Region Stars. 33.025 and MLVs bring our Cep project motor coaches to Southall, after collecting them from Eastleigh. The hard work of restoration continues, show your support and join us today. see membership page for further details.
Progress on motor coach 61229 is now well advanced, with the 1970's design interior fully stripped and much renovation work now completed. Both motor coaches are now at Southall, where rebuilding and restoration will continue. 61230 will be restored and painted up in one of the original liveries as refurbished, to make a contrasting before and after set of motor coaches. Both trailer coaches were at the Epping Ongar Railway, we are grateful to them for hosting these coaches, see below for current status.
The original idea was to create a full 4 car buffet unit, in pre-refurbishment condition. A lack of volunteers and funding have led us to scale the project back, rather do 2 coaches well than 4 never getting completed.
Current status of the EPBPG Cep/Bep coaches
Cep --Corridor Electro Pneumatic
Electro Pneumatic--a type of train braking control system
Page updated 26th June 2022.
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