British Rail Class 159

Diesel Hydraulic Multiple Unit Train.

The British Rail Class 159, known as "South Western Turbo" by Network SouthEast (but in reality a member of the Sprinter family), is a diesel multiple unit, built from 1989-93 by BREL at Derby Works.

British Rail Class 159
"South Western Turbo"
Unrefurbished Class 159018 arrives at Axminster
In service1992 - present
Family nameSprinter
Constructed1989 - 1993
Refurbishment2000-2001, 2007-2008 (159/0)
Number built22 (159/0)
8 (159/1)
Number in service30
Formation3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers159001 - 159022, 159101 - 159108
Operator(s)South Western Railway
Line(s) servedWest of England main line
Car length22.5 metres
Width2.7 metres
Maximum speed90mph
Weight37.8 tonnes
Traction systemVoith Hydraulic
Prime mover(s)Cummins 400hp (159/0)
Cummins 350hp (159/1)
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS
Track gauge1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)
159005 at Bristol Temple Meads
South West Trains Class 159 First Class Seating with newly added PIS