Fitted with Cummins NT855-R5 285HP engines and Voith transmission these 2 x 19m long car units were the logical successors to the Class 150/1's which were rather nondescript with no corridor connections and dubious electric equipment. 170 of the class 150/2 vehicles were ordered and allocated to four depots running high speed cross country limited stop services as well as suburban duties. Capable of 75 mile/h with Westinghouse 'Westcode' brakes, they had upgraded electrical equipment, corridor connections, BSI couplers and weighed in at approx. 36 tonnes each vehicle.
They had a cross-vehicle corridor behind the cab with air-operated sliding exterior doors.
The author spent some time at Leeds Neville Hill depot when the units were being commissioned .
Click on the image for the bigger picture - All photos are the author's unless otherwise credited.
|150222 is pictured passing
Charlestown loop, on the Calder Valley line between Hebden Bridge and
Todmorden. My thanks to Andy Parr
for identifying the location.
|The technical data sheet for the
Sprinter which accompanied the Hamburg convoy to the IVA88
|Two class 150/2's pictured in Edinburgh Waverley Station, one of which is about to leave for Glasgow. A bit of a comedown compared to six Mk3 coaches and a class 47.|
unidentified unit is shown in the yard at an unknown location -
possibly Manchester's Newton Heath depot.
|150202 departs Rugeley TV on
9th February 2001
|Another picture of 150202
this time at Stafford on 10th March 2003
|150231 rolls into Birmingham New Street at 10.45 am on the morning of 30th January 2006|
|150282 from Shrewsbury approaching its destination at Crewe at 08.30 on 18th May 2006|
|150266 in pictorial livery at Weymouth on 8th June 2006|
|150223 in the original Northern Spirit livery arriving at Manchester Piccadilly on 3rd August 2006|
|150272 in one of the numerous Northern liveries is captured approaching Grindleford in the Hope Valley on 13th April 2007|
|150276 in original Regional Railways livery at Morecambe on 13th July 2007|
|150258 in Arriva Trains Wales livery pictured at the new Ebbw Vale Parkway station on 30th June 2008|
More pictures will be added as time permits
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