British Rail Class 150

Diesel Hydraulic Multiple Unit Train

The British Rail Class 150 "Sprinter" diesel multiple units (DMUs) were built by BREL from 1984-87. A total of 137 units were built in three main subclasses, replacing many of the earlier first-generation "Heritage" DMUs. Which were in need of replacement

British Rail Class 150 "Sprinter"
150232 at Worle
In service1984 - present
Family nameSprinter
Constructed1984 - 1987
Number built137
Formation2 or 3 cars, all power
CapacityDepends on refurbs
Operator(s)Transport for Wales Rail Services
London Midland
First Great Western
Northern Rail
London Overground
Line(s) servedMany
Car length64 feet (19.5 metres)
Width9 feet (2.8 metres)
Height11 feet (3.77 meters)
Maximum speed75 miles per hour (121 km/h)
Weight35.8 tonnes
Prime mover(s)Diesel
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS
Coupling systemBSI Compact
Track gaugeStandard gauge (4 ft 8½ in)
During a demonstration run in the summer of 1985 unit 150001 stands in Platform 7 at London's St Pancras station.
154001 in the loop at Manton whilst on test in 1986
Class 150/2, no. 150217 Oliver Cromwell stabled at Ipswich on 31st January 2004. This was the last Anglia unit to carry original Provincial livery, before it was repainted into Anglia Railways turquoise livery in March 2004.