175009 Newton-le-Willows 3 December 2000

175009 arrives at Newton-le-Willows station on 3 December 2000 with the 09:20 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly First North Western service. 175009 was just five months old when this picture was taken, but obviously the class was not popular with enthusiasts as they ousted the popular Class 37s from the North Wales line. They are also arguably one of the ugliest class of modern units. No mean feat considering they do not have a front end gangway connection!