updated : 2020/06/12
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Class 150

Class 150

The Class 150 was the first of BR's 'Sprinter' DMUs, introduced to replace life-expired first generation DMUs in the mid 1980s. The two prototypes were 3-car sets but the remaining 135 sets were built as 2-car units, although some have since been temporarily reformed into 3-car sets. The whole class remains in use, operating local services for Northern, Great Western and Transport for Wales.
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updated : 2020/06/15
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class 158-159

class 158-159

The 2-car class 158 DMUs were introduced in 1989 to replace loco hauled trains on major regional routes. They were soon found to have inadequate capacity and some of the later units were built with 3 coaches, while others were reformed into 3-car units. The 159s are very similar but were originally owned by Network South East rather than Regional Railways. Both classes are still in widespread use and can be seen across the network.
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updated : 2020/05/26
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class 165-166

class 165-166

The Class 165 and 166 DMUs were introduced in 1990 and have operated local services on the Great Western and Chiltern routes west of London ever since. Electrification of the GWML led to many of GW's units moving to the Bristol area, including all the Class 166s. As DMUs go they're among the most attractive in use in the UK today with rounded fronts unspoilt by corridor connections.
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updated : 2020/05/12
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class 168 & 170-172

class 168 & 170-172

Classes 168, 170, 171 and 172 are all developments of the Class 165 and 166 DMUs produced by BREL for British Rail and were built for numerous privatised operators by Bombardier in Derby since the late 1990s. Many are used on longer distance services such as Norwich - Birmingham and Glasgow - Aberdeen.
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updated : 2020/05/26
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class 180

class 180

The 14 Class 180 high speed DMUs have had a chequered existence, entering service 18 months late and being plagued with reliability problems in their earlier years. Originally with First Great Western, the whole fleet was retired by 2009, only for 5 to re-enter service after refurbishment in 2012. Of the remainder 5 went to Grand Central and 4 to Hull Trains. By 2017, the GW units had also gone to Grand Central and the Hull trains sets are expected to transfer to East Midlands during 2020.
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updated : 2020/05/22
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class 185

class 185

Class 185 can be thought of as Siemens offering for the same longer distance, 100mph DMU market as the Bomberdier Class 170s. 51 3-car Class 185s were built for TransPennine Express services and entered service in 2006. The units have worked most principal TPE services in northern England for over a decade and regularly visit Glasgow and Edinburgh as well. All 51 units are still with TPE as this is written.
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updated : 2020/05/22
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class 220-222

class 220-222

Classes 220 to 222 are high speed DEMUs built by Bombardier between 2000 and 2005. In total 105 units were built in various configurations from 4 to 8 cars but some have since been reformed. They can be found on many services operated by CrossCountry, Virgin (now Avanti) West Coast and East Midlands Railway. The class 221s are able to tilt but this has been disabled on CrossCountry's units.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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Class 320, 321, 322

Class 320, 321, 322

Classes 320, 321 and 322 are closely related EMUs built by BREL's York Works around 1990. The 34 3-car Class 320s are operated by ScotRail on local services around Glasgow. The 321s and 322s are 4-car units. Greater Anglia operates most of the class 321s on longer distance services, e.g. from Liverpool St to Ipswich, while Northern operate the 322s around Leeds.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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Class 350

Class 350

The Class 350 4-car EMU is the dual voltage version of the Siemens Desiro UK, capable of running on 750V DC and 25kV AC systems, although some lack the DC collection equipment. They are closely related to the DC only Class 444 and 450 units. All are now allocated to the London NorthWestern franchise although TPE has retained a few until it's new trains are in traffic.
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updated : 2020/05/22
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Class 375, 377, 379 & 387

Class 375, 377, 379 & 387

Classes 375, 377, 379 and 387 are all very similar versions of the Bombardier Electrostar EMU platform and are generally intended for outer suburban and medium distance services. Some are 25kV AC only, others 750V DC only and yet more are dual system. The class designation is no guide to the power system. Almost 500 units are in service with operators in SE England.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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Class 390

Class 390

Virgin Trains introduced the Alstom built class 390 Pendolino fleet to the West Coast Main Line in the early 2000s. Along with a few Class 221 tilting DMUs, the 53 390s now work all services for the West Coast franchise. At the end of 2019, the franchise and the class 390s passed to Avanti West Coast, the successor to Virgin Trains, and the units can still be found on WCML services.
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updated : 2020/06/18
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Class 421 4-CIG

Class 421 4-CIG

The 4-CIG, later Class 421 was the standard Southern Region long distance EMU of the late '60s and early '70s, used extensively on the Central Division and in smaller numbers on the Western and later Eastern Divisions. By the mid 2000s safety concerns over slam-door stock led to their replacement by new sliding door stock.
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updated : 2020/06/18
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Class 423 4-VEP

Class 423 4-VEP

The 4-VEP, later Class 423 EMU was a mainstay of the Southern Region's outer suburban services from the late 1960s until the early 2000s. Their 90mph capability often saw them used on longer distance services for which their high-density seating wasn't really suitable. The units were the last built in the traditional suburban style with an external door to every seating bay, a factor that led to their demise due to safety concerns.
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updated : 2020/06/18
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Class 442

Class 442

The Class 442 EMUs were 5-car sets built for Waterloo - Weymouth services after electrification was completed in 1988. After almost 19 years on Weymouth services they migrated to work Gatwick Express services until 2017 but have now returned to the Western Division to work on the Portsmouth line.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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class 444

class 444

South Western Railway's 45 Class 444 5-car EMUs are part of the Siemens Desiro UK family, built at Wien-Simmering between 2002 and 2004. They are 750V DC units for 3rd rail operation and have a maximum speed of 100mph. The 444s are used on SWTs principal long distance services between London and Portsmouth, Poole and Weymouth.
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updated : 2020/04/27
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class 450

class 450

South Western Railway's 127 Class 450 4-car EMUs are part of the Siemens Desiro UK family, built between 2003 and 2007. The 450s have much in common with the 350s and 444s but are designed for outer suburban service, with 3+2 seating in standard class and wider doors. That doesn't stop them being used on longer distance routes such as London to Portsmouth or Poole, sometimes in multiple with Class 444s. They are more commonly found on services to Basingstoke or Alton or on the Windsor lines.
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updated : 2020/06/18
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Class 455-456

Class 455-456

137 Class 455 4-car 750V DC EMUs were built in the mid-1980s to replace older slam-door inner-suburban sets. The 24 Class 456 2-car units followed in 1991 and were the last trains built with conventional DC traction equipment. The 456s and 91 of the 455s are in service with South Western. The remaining 455s work for Southern.
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updated : 2020/04/03
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Class 458

Class 458

The 30 Class 458 4 car EMUs were the first design ordered by a privatised operator and have spent most of their lives working services on the Windsor Lines from Waterloo. After just over 10 years in service they underwent a rebuild emerging as 36 Class 458.5 5 Car units after the incorporation of vehicles from the short lived Class 460 Gatwick Express units. They can still be found on Windsor Lines services, principally working between Waterloo and Reading.
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updated : 2020/04/21
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Class 707

Class 707

In 2014 South West Trains' ordered 30 5-car Class 707 trains of the Siemens Desiro City design for services between Waterloo and Windsor or Weybridge via Staines, releasing Class 450s for other work. Before most of the units had entered service the new franchisee, SWR, announced that it would replace them with even newer units. In the meantime the 707s can be found on Windsor Lines services.
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updated : 2020/06/12
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class 800 - 810

class 800 - 810

Classes 800 and 802 are bi-mode high-speed multiple units built by Hitachi for various British operators including LNER, GWR and TPE. Class 801 are similar but are intended only for use on electrified lines, although they do have a single 750HP diesel engine for emergency use. The first units entered service in 2017 with GWR and they have since become the predominant traction for both GWR and LNER.
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