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KeolisAmey Wales - B
KeolisAmey Wales Rolling Stock
KeolisAmey Wales inherited a fleet of Class 142, Class 143, Class 150, Class 153, Class 158, Class 175s diesel multiple units and Mark 3 carriages from Arriva Trains Wales in October 2018.
In 2019 and 2020, more Class 153 units, Class 170 units and Mark 4 carriages were acquired from other operators. In November 2020, the first three Class 769 units entered service. These allowed for the Class 142 and Mark 3 sets to be withdrawn.
  • Class 143 Pacer
KeolisAmey Wales operated 15 Class 143 units. All had advertising vinyls applied, with the messages 'The start of a new journey', 'The journey is almost over for old trains', and 'These trains will terminate soon', stating rolling stock, infrastructure and service improvements.
From 1 January 2021, the Class 143 units were only able to operate coupled to (a) PRM-compliant unit(s), and the toilets were locked out of use due to Network Rail no longer wanting waste from non-tanked toilets being dropped onto their tracks. The last Class 143 unit ran in May 2021.
  • Class 150, 158 and 175 DMUs
KeolisAmey Wales operated 36 Class 150, 24 Class 158 and 27 Class 175 units.
  • Class 153 Super Sprinters
In April 2019, KeolisAmey Wales added five 153 units acquired from Great Western Railway to the eight it previously had. Four of these entered service the following month, while the fifth entered service on 21 October 2019 as the first 153 on the whole GB rail network with PRM modifications.
In October 2019, Porterbrook announced that it would lease a further nine Class 153 units to KeolisAmey Wales for use on a short-term basis. These comprise five units from Greater Anglia which entered service in January 2020, and four units from East Midlands Railway which entered service in February 2020. In November 2020, two more units arrived from East Midlands Railway.
  • Class 170 Turbostars
In September 2019, KeolisAmey Wales took delivery of the first of 12 Class 170 Turbostar DMUs from Abellio Greater Anglia. As of 2020, Transport for Wales operated the 12 Class 170 units on the Maesteg/Cardiff/Ebbw Vale-Cheltenham routes.
  • Class 769 Flex
Nine Class 769 Flex bi-mode multiple units were due to be delivered by 2019, following conversion from Class 319 electric multiple units, by fitting diesel generators and extra electronic equipment to some previously unused below-solebar space. The first three units entered service in November and December 2020.
KeolisAmey Wales Fleet at End of Franchise
KeolisAmey Wales Locomotive Hauled Stock
  • Premier Service   67   Loco
Holyhead-Cardiff Central
Holyhead (Llandudno)-Manchester Piccadilly
KeolisAmey Wales Diesel Multiple Units
  • Pacer   143  DMU
Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
  • Sprinter   150/2
Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
Heart of Wales/West Wales lines
Regional services between South and West Wales, North West and South West England
  • 153   Super Sprinter
  • 158/0   Express Sprinter
Cambrian line
Regional services between South and North Wales, North West and South West England
  • Bombardier Turbostar   170/2
Maesteg Line
Ebbw Valley Railway
South Wales Main Line
2002   1999
  • Alstom Coradia   175/0 & 175/1 Coradia 1000
Regional services between North West England, North and South Wales
KeolisAmey Wales Bi-Mode Multiple Units
  • BR Second Generation (Mark 3)   769/0 Flex   BMU
Valley Lines   2019–2020[nb 1]
KeolisAmey Wales Train Maintenance Depots
KeolisAmey Wales's fleet was stored and maintained at the following depots.
  • Cardiff Canton: Class 143, 150, 153, 170 and 769s and locomotive-hauled trains
  • Chester (Alstom): Class 175s
  • Machynlleth: Class 158s
  • Holyhead: Stabling point (refuelling and light maintenance) for locomotive-hauled trains and DMUs
  • Crewe Carriage Sidings (Arriva TrainCare): Class 150, Class 153 and Class 158 units, and locomotive-hauled trains. Stabling point and light maintenance.
Due to space limitations, Chrysalis Rail allowed KeolisAmey Wales to store any unallocated units or carriages at its Landore TMD in Swansea, even if they were not being worked on.
KeolisAmey Wales Past Fleet
From June 2019 to March 2020, KeolisAmey Wales hired two Class 37-hauled Mark 2 sets to temporarily operate rush-hour services between Cardiff and Rhymney to add capacity. From January 2020 they were operating under PRM non-compliance dispensation, but were withdrawn in March due to decreasing reliability and replaced with trains formed of multiple Class 153 railcars coupled together, with many more of those in the fleet.
In July 2020, all of KeolisAmey Wales's Mark 3 stock (which had been inherited from Arriva Trains Wales) went off lease and into storage at Long Marston.
KeolisAmey Wales Locomotive Hauled Stock
  • 37   Loco
Rhymney Line
March 2020   1960–1965
  • Mark 2   Coach
  • Mark 3
Holyhead–Cardiff Central
Holyhead (Llandudno)–Manchester Piccadilly
July 2020   1975–1988
  • Driving Van Trailer   Control car
KeolisAmey Wales Diesel Multiple Units
  • 142 Pacer   DMU
Valley Lines & Cardiff local routes
2020   1985–1987
KeolisAmey Wales Notes
^ Class 319/4 units were initially built between 1987 and 1988
KeolisAmey Wales Overview
KeolisAmey Wales Franchise(s): Wales & Borders
14 October 2018 –
6 February 2021
KeolisAmey Wales Main Area(s): Wales
KeolisAmey Wales Other Area(s):
North West England
West Midlands
KeolisAmey Wales Stations Operated: 247
KeolisAmey Wales Parent Company:
KeolisAmey Wales Reporting Mark: AW
KeolisAmey Wales Dates of Operation: 2018–2021
KeolisAmey Wales Predecessor: Arriva Trains Wales
KeolisAmey Wales Successor: Transport for Wales Rail
KeolisAmey Wales Technical Track Gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8+1⁄2 in)
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