150-2 unit.jpg (1190725 bytes) 150/2 Sprinters

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.

Pennines 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.

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Technical data The technical data sheet for the Sprinter which accompanied the Hamburg convoy to the IVA88 exhibition.

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Edinburgh Waverley 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.
Manchester An unidentified unit is shown in the yard at an unknown location - possibly Manchester's Newton Heath depot.

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Rugeley 150202 departs Rugeley TV on 9th February 2001

Steve Jones

Stafford Another picture of 150202 this time at Stafford on 10th March 2003

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New Street 150231 rolls into Birmingham New Street at 10.45 am on the morning of 30th January 2006
Crewe 150282 from Shrewsbury approaching its destination at Crewe at 08.30 on 18th May 2006
Weymouth 150266 in pictorial livery at Weymouth on 8th June 2006
Manchester 150223 in the original Northern Spirit livery arriving at Manchester Piccadilly on 3rd August 2006
Grindleford 150272 in one of the numerous Northern liveries is captured approaching Grindleford in the Hope Valley on 13th April 2007
Morecambe 150276 in original Regional Railways livery at Morecambe on 13th July 2007
Ebbw Vale Parkway 150258 in Arriva Trains Wales livery pictured at Ebbw Vale Parkway station on 30th June 2008

More pictures will be added as time permits

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