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Locomotive hauled trains to return for Great Western Railway

GWR 57605 crosses Coombe Viaduct. CRAIG MUNDAY.

Up to three locomotive-hauled trains will enter traffic with Great Western Railway (GWR) next May, running between Cardiff and Taunton.

They will be used to replace Class 150 and ‘153’ diesel multiple units that are being sent north for use by Northern in time for the May timetable.

An Invitation to Tender (ITT) has been issued. The locomotive-hauled coaching stock (LHCS) must be formed of up to four carriages, and the ITT specifies that they will run between May and December 2017, but that there could be a change in October. There is the possibility that the trains could run for more than that seven-month period.

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  • FrankH - 22/09/2016 22:35

    "They will be used to replace Class 150 and ‘153’ diesel multiple units that are being sent north for use by Northern in time for the May timetable. " Thats handy, presumably they will replace the loco hauled sets on the Cumbrian Coast which can then go on hire to GWR.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 24/09/2016 00:03

    So GWR are to replace the Class 150's and Class 153's DMU's to Northern as GWR are getting 3 locomotives that will operate between Cardiff Central and Taunton as the Class 150's and Class 153's have been transferred to Northern. I think that the Class 150's and Class 153's will work along other DMU trains including Class 156's. Some of the Class 150's could of been cascaded to Abellio GA to be used on Marks Tey-Sudbury and Ipswich-Felixstowe services.

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