Class 155

155301 Moreton-in-Marsh 13 April 1988

155301 approaches Moreton-in-Marsh on 13 April 1988 with the 2B44 17:30 Oxford to Moreton-in-Marsh 'all stations' service. Anybody taking notice of the 'Worcester Foregate Street' displayed in the destination blind would therefore be severely disappointed! 155301 was just six months old at this time, and had just replaced the venerable Class 117 & 119 units on the Cotswold Line. However, the troublesome class would soon be converted into single car Class 153s, and their place on the route would be taken by Class 150s, and then the familiar Class 165 & 166 Turbos.

155301 Swindon (Hay Lane) 14 June 1991

Running thirty minutes late, 155301 passes Hay Lane (near Swindon) with the 07:12 Warminster to Swindon service on 14 June 1991. Obviously what ever the delay was resulted in nobody bothering to check the destination blind, which still reads Warminster! This train had traversed the little used Trowbrige to Chippenham line and had called at Melksham station, being the only up train to do so. There was a similar working in the evening in the opposite direction. This is probably one of the last photos taken of 155301, as it was withdrawn shortly afterwards for conversion to two Class 153 single car units, emerging as 153301 & 153351 in September 1991.

155303 & 155333 Pilning 22 July 1990

155303 & 155333 descend towards the Severn Tunnel at Pilning on 22 July 1990 whilst working the 14:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. As these units are all now single car Class 153s, I wonder what the chances of seeing all these vehicles together again is?

155303 Exminster 14 November 1990

The sun briefly breaks through the clouds at Exminster on 14 November 1990, showing off the autumn colours on the trees in front of the M5 viaduct. 155303 passes by with the 13:20 Exeter St Davids to Plymouth Regional Railways service. The lengthy motorway viaduct spans not only the railway, but the River Exe, the Exeter Canal, and the roads from Exeter to Starcross and Topsham.

155307 Wylye 16 March 1990

155307 has just passed under the A303 Basingstoke to Honiton trunk road, and is approaching Wylye on 16 March 1990 with the 2O09 07:33 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour Regional Railways service. Although a sizeable village, with numerous houses adjacent to railway, Wylye does not now have a station. It's original station was closed in the mid 1950s, along with several other small stations on the route, which now leaves a large gap between Warminster and Salisbury.

155310 Sherrington 15 January 1991

155310 passes Sherrington on a bitterly cold 15 January 1991 with the 2O13 11:29 Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour Regional Railways service. This picture is now just as historic as the pictures of Class 33s working these trains that I took on this route just a few years before. The reign of Class 155s on this line was to be very brief, and in fact this unit would not see out the year as a two car set, being converted into Class 153 single units 153310 & 153360 , which both re-entered traffic in November 1991.

155312 & 155307 East Grimstead 27 July 1991

155312 & 155307 pass East Grimstead on 27 July 1991 with the 1F14 10:10 Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. The rusty track shows that it has been a long time since anything used the quarry branch line on the right.

155315 Exeter Central 24 May 1992

155315 passes the heavily vandalised signal box at Exeter Central on 24 May 1992, as it works the 09:20 Exeter St Davids to Exmouth Regional Railways service. The DMU survives today as two separate Class 153 units (153315 & 155365), but the signal box was not so lucky, and has since been demolished.

155316 Lyneham 22 May 1988

155316 passes Lyneham on 22 May 1988 with the 17:35 Oxford to Great Malvern service. This picture is taken from the emergency level crossing on the Lyneham to Milton-under-Wychwood road, provided in case any tall vehicle needs to use the road, as the adjacent road underbridge only has a headroom of 7 feet 3 inches.

155316 East Grimstead 10 September 1991

155316 passes East Grimstead on 10 September 1991 with the 13:05 Brighton to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. Note the ground frame controlling entry to the quarry siding, and the typical precast concrete Southern Railway PW hut.

155317 Kingham 2 October 1988

155317 approaches Kingham on 2 October 1988 with the 2A76 15:25 Great Malvern to Oxford service. Its been a long time since a family could wander down the old station yard for a Sunday afternoon stroll, and stand next to the fence to watch the trains go by!

155320 Moreton-in-Marsh 31 August 1991

155320 stands at Moreton-in-Marsh station on 31 August 1991 with the 2B40 12:35 Oxford to Great Malvern Regional Railways service. The reason for all the chairs on the platform is that a local band had been in attendance to meet the Aerospace Travel Victoria to Moreton-in-Marsh VSOE special, which had arrived a little earlier behind 47834. The loco would return later in the afternoon with the ECS from Worcester, to pick up the passengers for their return to Victoria.

155321 Kingham 27 April 1991

155321 leaves Kingham station on 27 April 1991 with the 2B43 16:31 Oxford to Hereford service. With the exception of the false start of the brief Class 210 experiment, the Class 155s were the first modern type of unit to work regularly over the Cotswold Line.

155324 Moreton-in-Marsh 24 April 1988

155324 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh on 24 April 1988 with the 17:35 Oxford to Hereford service. Class 155s worked the Cotswold Line services for a few years between the demise of the heritage DMUs and the introduction of the Class 165 & 166 Turbo units. During the early 1990s most Class 155s were split into two single car units with a small cab constructed in the previously 'dumb' end. Consequently 155324 pictured here is now 153324 and 153374, neither of which are likely to appear at Moreton-in-Marsh again!

155324 & 155320 Bathampton 5 April 1990

155324 & 155320 take the Westbury line at Bathampton on 5 April 1990 with the 2O97 07:23 Swansea to Brighton & Portsmouth Harbour service. The train will split at Fareham, with 155324 going on to Brighton, and 155320 to Portsmouth Harbour. Now of course this train survives as four separate Class 153 single car units, 153324, 153374, 153320 & 153370.

155325 Worle 25 April 1990

155325 passes Worle on 25 Aril 1990 with the 13:18 Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton Regional Railways service. Much building work is evident here, and even more construction has taken place on both sides of the line since this picture was taken. The most notable difference in this view today is Worle station, which is now situated midway between 155325 and the bridge in the distance. Considering that the station opened on 24 September 1990, it was obviously built very quickly, as there is no sign whatever of it here!

155328 Ascott-under-Wychwood 31 March 1990

A view of the small station at Ascott-under-Wychwood on the Cotswold Line before the former goods yard was fenced off from the main line. 155328 passes through at speed with the 07:48 Hereford to Oxford service on 31 March 1990. A siding formerly ran alongside the side of the platform visible here, and actually survived the track rationalisation of the 1970s. Note the speed restriction signs: 100 mph for the single track to Oxford and 75 mph for the double track section towards Worcester.

155328 Daylesford 1 April 1990

A wave from the driver, as 155328 passes Daylesford, on the Cotswold Line with the 17:30 Oxford to Great Malvern service on 1 April 1990. These units were built in 1987 by British Leyland at Workington, and following good old BL tradition were beset with problems from the start. They did not last long in the form seen here, most being converted to Class 153 single car units in 1991/2. The Victorian gothic church at Daylesford, seen in the background, is the last resting place of Warren Hastings (1732-1818), the first Governor General of India.

155322 Aller 7 December 1988

A solitary cow wanders across the field towards the line, while on the other side of the railway there is the seemingly ever present traffic on the A380. 155322 passes Aller on 7 December 1988 with the 1C30 11:20 Cardiff Central to Penzance Regional Railways service. Good luck to anyone who braved the complete 5 hour 20 minute journey!

155333 Moreton-in-Marsh 5 August 1990

The old and the new on the Cotswold Line. 155333 arrives at Moreton-in-Marsh on 5 August 1990 with the 2B72 17:38 Oxford to Great Malvern service. A quarter of a century later, it is the Victorian technology of semaphore signalling that still survives at this location, while the then nearly new Class 155 no longer exists in this form, having been split in two, to create Class 153s.

155333 Dean 14 November 1991

The late afternoon sun breaks through the clouds just in time to illuminate 155333, as speeds past Dean station on 14 November 1991 with the 2A65 13:05 Brighton to Cardiff Central Regional Railways service. It looks like its been quite a while since anything used the siding in the foreground!

155335 Evenlode 9 September 1990

A picture from the brief period when Regional Railways used Class 155 units on the Cotswold Line. With Manor Farm visible in the background, 155335 passes Evenlode on 9 September 1990 with the 15:05 Great Malvern to Oxford service.

155343 Selby 12 April 1997

155343 leaves Selby station on 12 April 1997 with the 11:18 Hull to Manchester Piccadilly service, whilst waiting to follow it out on the right is 142080, which is also going to Manchester, but via a much more devious route, and with innumerable stops. The 155 will travel via Huddersfield, whilst the 142 will go via Halifax and Hebden Bridge, as it works the 11:53 Selby to Manchester Victoria.

155344 Church Fenton 25 May 2002

155344 arrives at Church Fenton on 25 May 2002 with the 17:13 York to Manchester Victoria Arriva Trains Northern service. In the background is the 1904 built North Eastern Railway signal box, which has unfortunately now been demolished. I had assumed that by framing the train between the two signals, there would be just enough room to get in the two car unit and still show the signal box. Obviously I couldn't test out this theory beforehand, but luckily there is just enough room!

155345 Micklefield 12 May 1990

Despite it being the middle of May it is obviously still cold enough to have a fire going in the house! 155345 departs from the staggered platform at Micklefield station with the 08:30 Manchester Victoria to York West Yorkshire Metro service on 12 May 1990. 155345 is from the small second batch of these units, which survived being split into single car Class 153 units.

155345 Lostock Hall 29 December 1990

The low winter sun accentuates the red Metro Train livery of 155345 as it passes Lostock Hall on 29 December 1990 with the 11:40 Blackpool North to Leeds service. This is the view from the A6, midway between Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge stations. As in so many locations, lineside bushes have now made this wide view impossible.

155345 Luddendenfoot 16 November 2015

155345 passes Luddendenfoot on 16 November 2015 with the 2E01 07:48 Manchester Victoria to Leeds Northern service. Like most trains in the Pennines on this particular date, this was running late. Evidence of exactly why can be seen on the left, with water cascading down the side of the cutting onto the track, in this case not causing any flooding, but in other locations considerable problems were being encountered.

155345 Hall Royd Junction 16 November 2015

155345 passes Hall Royd Junction on 16 November 2015 with the 2U22 09:26 Leeds to Manchester Victoria Northern service. Millwood Tunnel can be seen in the background, and on the hillside in the background is the Stoodley Pike Monument, commemorating the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The present monument is a 1856 replacement for the 1815 original.