British Rail Class 153
|British Rail Class 153 "Sprinter"|
Class 153, no. 153335 'Michael Palin' at Cambridge on 11th July 2003.
|In service||1991/2 - present|
|Refurbishment||Converted by Hunslett-Barclay at Kilmarnock from Class 155|
|Number built||70 (35 as Class 155s)|
|Operator||Arriva Trains Wales
East Midlands Trains
First Great Western
National Express East Anglia
|Line(s) served||Many including Bletchley-Bedford, Nuneaton-Coventry, Birmingham-Walsall-Rugeley Trent Valley (in multiple with Class 170), Nottingham-Matlock, Heart of Wales Line, Truro-Falmouth|
|Car length||23.2 metres|
|Engine(s)||Cummins NT855R5 of 213kW (285h.p.) at 2100 rpm|
|Safety system(s)||AWS, TPWS|
|Coupling system||BSI Compact|
|Gauge||1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)|
In the early 1990s, British Rail took the decision that running 2-car trains on rural routes was inefficient, and identified the need for single-carriage trains. Initially consideration was given to splitting the Met-Cam Class 156 units to form class 152 units, however due to various problems with the Class 155 units, the decision was taken to split these units instead.
Work was undertaken by Hunslett-Barclay in Kilmarnock between 1991 and 1992. The modifications included fitting a cramped cab to the B end of each carriage, making it extremely difficult to load a bicycle!
- British Railways Locomotives & Coaching Stock 2008, Platform 5 Publishing