News & Events


Friday 1st January 2021

The Contactor


Issue 3 was printed before the new year and arrived on doormats soon after.


The Autumn/Winter 2020 edition of the 4-Sub Association and the Suburban Electric Railway Association’s joint newsletter has just been published. Members and supporters should be receiving their copies by post any day now.

Recent and past issues of the newsletter can be viewed and/or downloaded as Acrobat .pdf files. Find them all on the 4-Sub Association page of news.

4-Sub unit 4732 offered a permanent home at the One:One Museum in Margate.

As reported via the 4-Sub Association’s Facebook page recently, after years of being stored outdoors in Coventry it has been announced that 4732 has been offered a permanent place on display in the One:One Museum at Margate.


The proviso is that the unit undergoes a full cosmetic restoration to display standard.

This is simply too good an offer to turn down.


From being stored in a field on the outskirts of Coventry in all weathers – to being on display alongside an A4 [Bitten], a Deltic, a Eurostar and other iconic trains in an all weather facility is a far more appropriate retirement for the very last of the 4-Sub units, and the Heritage Electric Trains Trust is very grateful for this chance.

The 4-Sub Association will be launching an appeal to start the work very soon. Driving Motor Brake 12796 is now designated ‘Car One’ and will be the first vehicle to temporarily leave site for a body overhaul, under frame cleaning and full repaint before being returned to Margate.

Completion of Car One is aimed at June 2022 with the other three cars to follow in sequence with the whole unit aiming to be complete and on display by Summer 2024.


We will need your support, and full details of how to be a supporter of this wonderful opportunity will be published here and on the 4SA’s news pages in due course.


As a supporter you can even help us decide which livery we will paint the 4-Sub.