Northern clocks up 100th refurbished train in traffic

Northern 170475 became the 100th refurbished train in traffic with the operator when it entered service on October 29. The three-car ex-ScotRail diesel multiple unit entered traffic on the Harrogate Loop.

The operator has 27 Class 150s, four Class 155s, 24 Class 156s, nine Class 158s and four Class 170s, as well as 32 Class 319 electrics, although some of those are now being converted into Class 769 FLEX bi-modes.

Northern has a fleet of 243 trains, all of which are being refurbished to the ‘digital’ standard as 158845.

Northern Engineering Director Ben Ackroyd said: “The refurbishment of our fleet is an ongoing programme. Ultimately, our customers will be travelling on trains which are not only cosmetically better, but will also all feature free WiFi, at-seat power, high-definition CCTV, and customer information media screens.”

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, said: “The quality of the rolling stock on our line is raised with me more than any other rail issue. People have really noticed the old Pacer trains are being phased out and replaced by much better ones, with the last old Pacer going in just over 12 months.”

  • For more on Northern's FLEX unit, read RAIL 864, out now.
  • For more on Northern's new CAF units, read RAIL 865, published on November 7, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from November 3.

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  • Mike Rooney - 30/10/2018 13:55

    That's because the Pacers are over in Greater Manchester just now

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 30/10/2018 18:30

    Northern should be receiving 16 Class 170s before the end of the year. As 4 of the Class 170s are in service. Plus with the rest that are currently being refurbished and are due to start service at some stage this year before the end of 2018. With the Class 331 and Class 195 that are also scheduled to start service in December or perhaps early next year.

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    • AndrewJG8918 - 01/11/2018 00:12

      Also Northern could possibly inherit few more Class 170s from West Midlands Railway as WMR will be having the Class 196 Civity that is scheduled to be built next year once the Class 195 and Class 331 Civity have been built and to enter service from December on most parts of the Northern network.

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