Transport for Wales Rail - C
Transport for Wales Rail - C
Transport for Wales Rail Newly Introduced / Future Fleet
All of Transport for Wales Rail's KeolisAmey Wales-inherited and extra temporary fleet is due to be replaced by 2023 (with the exception of the Class 67 locomotives).
Transport for Wales Rail Cascades and Refurbishments
Six Class 67 locomotives have been adapted to work with three sets each comprising four Mark 4 carriages and a Mark 4 Driving Van Trailer, which will replace the Mark 3 stock previously used on locomotive-hauled services. The twelve carriages and three DVTs were able to cascade from London North Eastern Railway, as a result of the introduction of Class 800s and Class 801s on the East Coast Main Line.
The Mark 4 coaches have retained the Virgin Trains East Coast livery, but with Transport for Wales labels attached. The Mark 4 Driving Van Trailers will be repainted into the new Transport for Wales livery.Four of the six Class 67 locomotives have been repainted into TfW Rail livery.
TfW Rail introduced the Mark 4 sets in June 2021 on Cardiff to Holyhead services, and from December 2022 they will operate services between Swansea and Manchester using trains which had previously been planned to be used on the Blackpool route by Grand Central. The three Mark 4 sets will be retained and will remain on the routes they will work from their date of introduction on TfW Rail services.
TfW Rail will retain eight Class 153 units to operate services on the Heart of Wales line.
Transport for Wales Rail New Trains
For the longer term fleet replacement, 148 brand new trains will be introduced including 77 CAF Civity trains (Class 197), 35 FLIRT trains (Class 231 & Class 756) and 36 Citylink tram-trains (Class 398) have been ordered. The addition of these trains to the fleet, from 2021 to 2024 but mostly in 2022–23, will allow the 109 (total) Class 150, 153 (13 by then), 158, 175 and 769 units to be withdrawn.
A total of 77 Class 197 Civity diesel multiple units were ordered from CAF for long-distance routes. These trains have end gangways, but fewer toilets than the Class 158 and Class 175 DMUs they replace.
They are however be quicker, with more powerful engines and more efficient transmissions for better acceleration, as well as a higher top speed than the Class 158. 51 are two-car units and 26 are three-cars.
CAF undertook the fabrication, welding and painting of the Class 197 fleet in their factory in Beasain, Spain. The first Driving Motor carriage vehicle bodyshell had largely passed this stage by 12 February 2020, when it was pictured in the Beasain factory.
The painted bodyshells were then be shipped to Newport, South Wales, for further assembly/component-fitment at CAF's new UK factory in Llanwern.
Five Class 230 D-Train diesel- and battery-electric multiple units were built in England from former London Underground D78 Stock aluminium bodyshells by start-up rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail between 2019 and 2020. Originally expected to enter service from May 2022, they began operations on the Borderlands line at the beginning of April 2023.
A total of 35 Stadler FLIRT units have been ordered (consisting of 24 Class 756 tri-modes - 7 three-car & 17 four-car units - and 11 Class 231 diesel-electrics), along with 36 Class 398 Stadler Citylink tram-trains. These will be manufactured at the Stadler factory in Szolnok, Hungary and assembled at their plant in Bussnang, Switzerland.
Transport for Wales Rail Future Fleet Summary
Tri-Mode Multiple Units
Services between Caerphilly/Coryton to Penarth From 2020 2023
Services between Rhymney to Barry Island/Bridgend via Vale of Glamorgan
Transport for Wales Rail Tram-trains
Services from Cardiff to Treherbert, Aberdare and Merthyr Tydfil
From 2020 2024
Transport for Wales Rail Past Fleet
Between September 2021 and November 2022, all of the two-car Class 170s transferred to East Midlands Railway. In May 2023, Transport for Wales withdrew all of its Class 769 from service after being replaced by Class 231 units. In June 2023, the first of the Class 175s were withdrawn from service after being replaced by Class 197 units.
Transport for Wales Rail Diesel Multiple Units
Ebbw Valley Railway
South Wales Main Line
Transferred to East Midlands Railway
Regional services between North, South and West Wales and England
Valley Lines (Rhymney line and southwards to Penarth via Vale of Glamorgan Line)
2023 2019–2020[nb 2]
Transport for Wales Rail Notes
^ Reporting mark inherited from Arriva Trains Wales, the operator of the franchise between 2003 and 2018.
^ Class 319/4 units were initially built between 1987 and 1988
Transport for Wales Rail Overview
Transport for Wales Rail Franchise(s): Wales & Borders
Transport for Wales Rail Main Region(s): Wales
Transport for Wales Rail Other Region(s):
North West England
Transport for Wales Rail Stations Operated: 248
Transport for Wales Rail Parent Company: Transport for Wales (for Welsh Government)
Transport for Wales Rail Headquarters: Pontypridd
Transport for Wales Rail Reporting Mark: AW[nb 1]
Transport for Wales Rail Dates of Operation: 7 February 2021–
Transport for Wales Rail Predecessor: KeolisAmey Wales