EXTspotter From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 992 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 2572 times:
Quoting LHRjc (Reply 9): FGW? What's that? Thank God I'm not a proper nerd then! I have no desire to know any more, let alone the difference between a 150,156,158,185, and any other random 3 digit Britsh Rail train!
FGW? First Great Western newb! It was even on the news this morning because it is one of the worst TOCs in the country. I can't believe they can get away with forcing 300 or 400 people in a single 142! It was even worse once when it was a 153 and they still tried to get everyone on it.
(142s are a Pacer unit and have 2 carriages and seats for about 100 or 120 people and room for about 100 more if you fill every available crevece with people standing, including on seats and in the toilets. 153s are a Sprinter unit and are just a single cariage with seats for about 50 people and only room for another 70 standing everywhere maximum.)
Ok, now our next topic, your poor attempt at numbering Sprinter units, they range from 150-159 in the TOPS register and the only ones which are in use today are 150s, 153s, 155s, 156s, 158s and 159s. The 185 is in a different family alltogether (Desiro? Turbostar?).
Alex @ EXT, a balatant knowitall who doesn't stoop to the level of trainspotting and whom just reads wikipedia and plays on games like Locomotion, Transport Tycoon and TOCgame.
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Oh I know, who do you think it was that gave the south their railbuses? Yep, Northern Rail! The are the crappiest ones they had too. Sadly we still have a few chugging about around here and apparently, these are the nice ones!
Quoting EXTspotter (Reply 16): the only ones which are in use today are 150s, 153s, 155s, 156s, 158s and 159s. The 185 is in a different family alltogether (Desiro? Turbostar?).
The 185 is part of the Desiro family and has a Voyager engine. It's just like a SWT 444 or 450 but with a manly grr poluting diesel engine.
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11993 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 2480 times:
Quoting ThePRGuy (Reply 14): Did they have the new light facades fitted there as well?
Not sure about that I'm afraid. They also did a fair bit of work on Central Trains Class 158s - surprised the hell out of me when I found out actually, I was cycling into school one afternoon and was overtaken by a 158... nearly fell of my bike from the surprise!
Quoting EXTspotter (Reply 16): Alex @ EXT, a balatant knowitall who doesn't stoop to the level of trainspotting and whom just reads wikipedia and plays on games like Locomotion, Transport Tycoon and TOCgame.
Ahh, so just like all of the other Alex's on this site then
The 153s are used a lot on the Devon and Cornwall branch lines, for the services that can't even support a crappy class 150. Not the most comfortable of things, but miiiiiiiiiiiiles better than the 142 - I once had to Gloucester from Bristol in one of those and the shaking and vibrations made me feel quite ill after a while.
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