Great Western Railway (Train Operating Company) - Great Western Railway Sleeper Services - M
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Great Western Railway Sleeper Services
Four Class 57/6 locomotives have hauled the Night Riviera sleeper services since 2004 when they replaced Class 47s. Due to poor availability of the 57/6s, Direct Rail Services (DRS) Class 57/3s have been hired from Direct Rail Services. in 2023, former DRS 57312 was placed on permanent lease with GWR.
Great Western Railway Thames Valley and Bristol Services
The Class 165 "Networker Turbo" is a two- or three-coach DMU used on shorter-distance services in the Thames Valley area, with the majority based at Reading Traction Maintenance Depot. They are mainly used on branches such as the Greenford branch line, Slough–Windsor & Eton line, Marlow branch line and Regatta Line. They are also used on services between Reading and Basingstoke, Didcot Parkway and Oxford or Banbury and sometimes services between London and Oxford.
Some are (and eventually all will be) based at St Philip's Marsh depot in Bristol, where they work on the most of the lines in the area including the Severn Beach line, Heart of Wessex Line, Golden Valley line and Bristol to Exeter line. From summer 2018, they are due to run on Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour services too.
In response to its Remedial Plan Notice, First Great Western undertook a more thorough refurbishment of the Thames Turbo fleet than originally planned:
This refurbishment started in September 2016.
The Class 166 "Networker Turbo" is a three-coach DMU, similar to the Class 165 units but with an internal layout more suitable for longer-distance services. They are now mostly based at St Philip's Marsh depot in Bristol, where they currently work on most of the lines in the area including the Wessex Main Line, Severn Beach line, Heart of Wessex Line, Golden Valley line and Bristol to Taunton line.
The Class 387 "Electrostar" is a four-coach EMU built by Bombardier, with a 2+2 seating layout, tables, power sockets and free Wi-Fi. It can be operated in four, eight- and twelve-coach formations. The class began to enter service in September 2016 on weekday peak services between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington, using the overhead electrical equipment used by Heathrow Express. Services using the class were extended to Maidenhead in May 2017 and later to Didcot Parkway, and from Reading to Newbury.
Bombardier Transportation at Ilford Depot had modified twelve of these trains by December 2020, installing new first-class seating, Wi-Fi, luggage racks and on-board entertainment, to be used on Heathrow Express services. Rebranded as "Heathrow Express", and refurbished with Heathrow Express moquette, they replaced the existing Class 332, entering service on 29 December 2020.
In 2023 3 units were cascaded to Great Northern.
Great Western Railway Overview
Great Western Railway Franchise(s):
InterCity Great Western 4 February 1996 – 31 March 2006
Greater Western 1 April 2006 – 25 June 2028
Main Region(s): Greater London, South East England, South West England, Wales
Great Western Railway Other Region(s): East MidlandsWest Midlands
Great Western Railway Fleet Size:
12 Class 43 HST Castle sets
5 Class 57 diesel locomotives for 2 Night Riviera sleeper sets
19 Class 150 Sprinter units
18 Class 158 Express Sprinter units
36 Class 165 Networker Turbo units
21 Class 166 Networker Turbo units
30 Class 387 Electrostar units
57 Class 800 IET units
36 Class 802 IET units
Great Western Railway Stations Called At: over 270
Great Western Railway Stations Operated: 198
Great Western Railway Parent Company: FirstGroup
Reporting Mark: GW
Great Western Railway Predecessor:
First Great Western Link
Great Western Railway Technical Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in) standard gauge
Great Western Railway Electrification:
25 kV 50 Hz AC OHLE
Great Western Railway Length: 1,323.0 mi (2,129.2 km)
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