73210 was rescued from Eastleigh when the works was being closed, and the loco was at risk of being cut up. It is at present the only preserved Gatwick Express Class 73.
This vehicle was originally part of Phase 1 4BIG Unit no. 7048, these units-along with the Phase 1 CIG Units were the first units of this type, replacing Southern railway built 6PAN and 6PUL units. They were known as Brighton Line replacement stock.
This unit was part of the last batch of Phase 2 4CIGs, unit numbers from 7367 to 7438, that were built at York works.
Since having 1497 the priorities have been keeping the water out. Due to having limited funds a lot of this has been temporary but are hoping this winter will be able to make a more permanent solution.
We’ve been making good progress on the 1497 Cab.
We’ve been working hard to get the gutters fixed on 69318.