Farewell Class 150s

© Copyright Roger Geach and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence

London Midland are preparing to say farewell to their Class 150 Sprinter trains, used around the West Midlands since 1985. Although now based solely in the West Midlands, and used on the Snow Hill lines, the 150s saw service throughout the East Midlands with British Rail, and Central Trains.

The Class 150s are being replaced by new Class 172s (built by Bombardier in Derby), but this isn’t the end of the line for them. Some are heading to First Great Western and the remaining units to Northern Rail. As a result of this cascade, Northern will be sending 4x Class 156 units to East Midlands Trains, allowing more trains on the Liverpool to Norwich route to be strengthened to 4 carriages.

London Midland are operating a special tour on the 12th November 2011, running over many of the routes which the 150s have worked, as well as the preserved Severn Valley Railway and some goods loops and depots. An adult ticket costs £20. See the London Midland website for details.

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About trentsidetraveller

A lifelong public transport user, enthusiast and occasional photographer. My travels take me around the country, occasionally overseas, but my most frequent journeys see me cross the River Trent on a regular basis. So the moniker of Trentside Traveller came about, and now I'm blogging about my travels, and the latest changes to public transport in the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire area.

One thought on “Farewell Class 150s

  1. The 150s are a perfectly good vehicle, which during the latter days of Central Trains gained quite a dowdy appearance. I have travelled regularly on the Worcester – Snow Hill line and in recent times have seemed almost neglected by LM. With an effective refurbishment, FGW and NR have some solid workers which should remain popular with passengers. It makes me feel old that I remember them entering service in the 1980s

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