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With class 483 withdrawals a little over a month away, the London Transport Traction Group are delighted to announce that this evening we were officially informed by South Western Railway that we have successfully secured a Class 483 unit for preservation. A representative from South Western Railway told us;
"I can confirm that you will have a unit for preservation. I can’t confirm which unit yet as the preservation committee have not given me a final answer but it is highly likely to be 483006 and if it is not then it will be 483008 (both of which are currently operational and in service).
In terms of timing – I expect we will be in a position to release the unit for collection around the end of the line closure in March."
This is truly wonderful news, but also represents only the first step in our journey that we hope will soon see a class 483 unit, cosmetically restored to London Transport condition, running on the Epping Ongar Railway under its own power and visiting galas around the country, taking a tube train where none has ever gone before and introducing the joy of the '38 stock to new audiences.
To do this we require your help. Our pledge scheme has been very successful, but we still require support. Earlier this week we opened up membership and donation options, which may be found elsewhere on this website.
Although these are difficult times for many, we would greatly appreciate any assistance that you may be able to offer to our exciting, innovative and young person-led project that has the potential to lead the way in electric railway preservation.
If you have any queries, please feel free to contact me by email; firstname.lastname@example.org"