cwathen wrote: ↑
Sat 13 Oct, 2018 11.07
Was surprised to see that GWR have GWR'd up their pacers even though they're going soon (sometimes between December and March apparently). They do actually look quite smart with a repaint, even though they're the same tired old trains underneath.
Pacer withdrawal will be December 2019 as the new DDA regs start in Jan 2020.
I was even more surprised to hear that they're cascading out the 153's to TFW. They are a useful way of extending a service by an extra carriage and there is nothing else like them around. I thought their final fate would be to be permanently coupled up to a 150 to create 3 carriage trains rather than withdrawing them.
Could possibly be due to storage capacity in the new upcoming Exeter depot that will be holding all the extant 15x stock once the Turbo cascade is complete.
Although I'd heard the 150/1s were going, I didn't realise their withdrawal was almost complete and they only had 1 unit left in service (which I saw, and didn't bother taking a picture of as didn't realise until later that it was the only one left). Not heard anything about 150001 & 002 (the original 3 carriage prototypes) - are they staying with GWR?
150001/2 are staying I believe because they've had full internal refurbs as well as external - in fact I was on 150002 the other day, she scrubs up well.
Also, where are the 158's that were supposed to move west once the Turbos started taking over the Bristol area services? The turbo cascade seems pretty much complete, yet I didn't see any 158's at all running around Devon.
Still some Turbos being used in Thames valley while 800 sets rolling out. Also perfect storm of 15x unit maintenance backlog, Turbo ride height modification backlog, engineering work and unit refurbishment programme overrunning.