156 Super Sprinters
|The first 156 was delivered to the RTC, Derby in
December 1987 for evaluation and type testing. Fitted with Cummins NT855-R5 285HP engines and
Voith transmission these Metro-Cammell-built two x 23m long units were (in my opinion) the best of
the modern generation of Sprinters by far.
Capable of 75 mile/h with Westinghouse 'Westcode' brakes they had BSI couplers and weighed in at approx. 40 tonnes each vehicle.
The author spent some time at Norwich Crown Point depot when the units were being commissioned and also took one on a trip to Holland and back.
Click on the picture for a bigger image - pictures are the author's if not otherwise credited
|156475 is pictured somewhere in the
|On 7th May 1988 156404
found itself on the Severn Valley Railway for a gala day
|Strathclyde-liveried unit 156502 is
pictured in the yard at the RTC, Derby prior to departure for Utrecht
in July 1989.
|156401 stands at Matlock
just off the single-line branch during its early testing in the late
|156413 drifts towards Peterborough station with a Norwich service from Liverpool via Grantham in the late 1980's||156411 stops at Newport on
8th October 1999
|Strathclyde liveried 156507
sits in the bay at Carlisle on 30th October 1999
|156424 approaches Crewe on
30th March 2001
|156456 in Scotrail livery departs from Glasgow Central on 18th May 2006||Northern hybrid-liveried 156468 stands in Liverpool Lime Street having just arrived from York on 25th May 2006|
|Original Northern liveried unit 156438 on a Newcastle service pictured at Carlisle on 1st June 2006||156510 seen here at Newcastle wearing the Strathclyde PTA maroon and cream livery on 1st June 2006|
|156425 arriving at Wigan Wallgate in the then new Northern Trains livery on 20th July 2006||156502 at Glasgow Central on 19th June 2007 still carries the NL sticker on the non-driver's side sun blind|
|156428 in First Group livery at Hull on 27th July 2006||156407 in 'One' livery leaving Norwich Thorpe on 27th July 2007|
|156484 in promotional Settle & Carlisle Railway livery pictured at Leeds on 2nd May 2007||156404 in East Midlands Trains livery at Hucknall on the Robin Hood line on 2nd July 2008|
More pictures will be added as time permits
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