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.