The first refurbished ScotRail Class 158 to be used on the Great Scenic Railway Journeys north of the border should be released into traffic in early September.
SR 158701 is currently at Knorr-Bremse Rail Services’ Springburn Works.
When the project is complete, 40 Class 158s will have a ‘go anywhere’ capability on the GSRJ routes. The size of the homogenous ‘158’ fleet will allow ScotRail to run four-car sets when there is the demand and where operationally permitted.
Of SR’s 40 Class 158s, 15 used in the Edinburgh area will be refurbished to the same standard as 25 based at Inverness. This includes new seating and LED lighting, power points, increased luggage and cycle space, refurbished toilets, and new interior and exterior ‘ScotRail’ branding (specified by Transport Scotland), plus a host of reliability improvements.
- For much more on this story, read RAIL 782, published on September 2.