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50 YEARS AGO...

OCTOBER 1970

■ 4-COR (Class 404) EMUs, displaced from the Portsmouth line by new rolling stock, were put to use on the Reading-Waterloo line instead from October 5 – replacing 2-BIL (Class 401) and 2-HAL (Class 402) sets previously in use. British Railways’ Southern Region stated that the 4-COR sets were released from the Portsmouth main line to make travelling on the Reading services more comfortable until completely new

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