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Thursday, 15 April 2010

Chiltern Railways Introduction of the Class 172


165029 sits at a dull Marylebone Station awiting to perform semi stopper service to High Wycombe.


Next year Chiltern Railways are expected to take on four brand new state of the art Class 172 trains to be used on the Gerrard's Cross to Marylebone stoppers. The new units will be geared so that they can only reach 75mph tops and a max speed of 82.5mph following the 10% rule. The trains are expected to be delivered in the 3rd quartile of this 2011. The units are being constructed by Bombardier at their Litchurch Lane Depot in Derby. The arrival of these units will free up the much needed Class 165s on commuter routes.

Prior to the construction of these units a suggestion was that they would have the body shell of Class 375s and 377s however this was wrong, the units have the same body shell as Class 168/2s however due to the high placement of their bogies they could not be fitted with Tripcock, a saftey system required by all trains if they are to travel on LUL Tracks. Therefore not allowing these trains to travel on the London to Aylesbury via Amersham Line.

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