South Eastern Trains

former British train operator

South Eastern Trains was a train operating company that operated the South Eastern Passenger Rail Franchise from November 2003[1] until 1 April 2006.[2]

South Eastern Trains
Franchise(s)South Eastern
9 November 2003 – 31 March 2006
Main region(s)Greater London, Kent
Other region(s)East Sussex, West Sussex, Surrey
Fleet sizeapproximately 350
Stations called at178
National Rail abbreviationSE
PredecessorConnex South Eastern
Parent companyStrategic Rail Authority (publicly owned)

It took over from Connex South Eastern in November 2003[1][2] and was taken over by Southeastern in April 2006.[2]



Main lines

The railway lines of Kent, many of which South Eastern Trains ran services on

From London termini (London Victoria, London Bridge, London Charing Cross, London Blackfriars and London Cannon Street) unless otherwise stated;

Suburban lines


The suburban services (called ‘Metro’ in the South East Trains timetables) ran to:

Rural lines


Rolling stock


South Eastern Trains took on a fleet of Class 365, Class 375, Class 411, Class 421, Class 423, Class 465 and Class 466s from Connex South Eastern. South Eastern Trains introduced the remaining Class 375s into service as well as all of the Class 376 fleet. All Class 411, Class 421 and Class 423s were withdrawn and scrapped by October 2005,[3] while the Class 365s were sent to West Anglia Great Northern in 2004.[4] Rolling stock was maintained at Ashford and Ramsgate depots.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Clark, Andrew; correspondent, transport (28 June 2003). "Incompetence costs Connex its franchise". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 12 April 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Department for Transport announces integrated Kent franchise" (Press release). Department for Transport. 30 November 2005. Archived from the original on 14 February 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2008.
  3. "Last journey for slam-door train". BBC News. 7 October 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2018.
  4. Southern Railway E-Group (17 May 2004). "Class 365".

Other websites


  Media related to South Eastern Trains at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
Connex South Eastern
Operator of South Eastern franchise
2003 - 2006
Succeeded by
Southeastern (Govia)
Integrated Kent franchise