British Rail Class 153
|British Rail Class 153 "Sprinter"|
Class 153, no. 153335 'Michael Palin' at Cambridge on 11th July 2003.
|In service||1991/2 - present|
|Refurbishment||Converted by by Leyland Bus|
|Number built||70 (35 as Class 155s)|
|Operator(s)||Arriva Trains Wales|
East Midlands Trains
First Great Western
National Express East Anglia
|Line(s) served||Many including Bletchley-Bedford, Nuneaton-Coventry, Birmingham-Walsall-Rugeley Trent Valley (in multiple with Class 170), Nottingham-Matlock, Heart of Wales Line, Truro-Falmouth|
|Car length||23.2 metres|
|Prime mover(s)||Cummins NT855R5 of 213kW (285h.p.) at 2100 rpm|
|Safety system(s)||AWS, TPWS|
|Coupling system||BSI Compact|
|Track gauge||1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)|
In the early 1990s, British Rail took the decision that running 2-car trains on rural routes was inefficient, and identified the need for single-carriage trains. Initially consideration was given to splitting the Met-Cam Class 156 units to form class 152 units, however due to various problems with the Class 155 units, the decision was taken to split these units instead.
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- Barclay, Kenny (November 2017). British Rail in the 1980s and 1990s: Diesel Locomotives and DMUs. Stroud: Amberley Publishing. ISBN 1445670054.
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