|Number built:||120 (24 5-car sets)|
|Engine:||4 EE546 traction motors (750c DC third rail)|
|Power:||1, 600 hp (1, 200 kW)|
|Formation:||Driving Trailer Standard (DTS)+Trailer Standard Open (TSO)+
Motor Luggage Composite (MLC)+Trailer Standard Wheelchair (TSW)+DTS
The Class 442s had some initial problems especially with hot axle boxes but became popular with passengers. The Class 442 was transferred to South West Trains following privatisation but were replaced by Desiro stock in 2007. They were rebuilt and modified at Wolverton and used on the Gatwick Express services out of London Victoria and some Southern services. They were replaced by Class 387s in 2017 however this was not to be the end of the Class 442 story.
There were various schemes and suggestions to use the 442s, including even a proposal to use them as hauled stock on trans Pennine routes! Finally it was announced that the new South Western Railway franchise (which replaced South West Trains in 2017) are to use refurbished sets on London Waterloo to Portsmouth services.
|442 423 at London Victoria|
|Gatwick Express 442 clears Clapham Junction|
|Another Gatwick Express 442 at Clapham Junction|
|London Victoria bound|
 Brian Haresnape & Alec Swain, Third Rail DC Electric Multiple Units (Ian Allan, 1989) p. 80
 Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition Guide (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 342
 John Balmforth, South West Trains (Ian Allan, 2011) p. 60