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South West Trains
SouthWestTrainsLogo.svg
SWT 444001 Clapham Junction.jpg
Overview
Franchise(s): South Western
4 Feb 1996 − 31 Jan 2004
1 Feb 2004 − 3 Feb 2007
4 Feb 2007 – 27 Apr 2019
Main region(s): Greater London, Surrey, Hampshire & Dorset
Other region(s): Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon
Fleet size: 361 (367 including Island Line)
11 Class 158 Express Sprinter sets
30 Class 159 South Western Turbo sets
45 Class 444 Desiro sets
127 Class 450 Desiro sets
91 Class 455 sets
30 Class 458 Juniper sets
1 Class 73 Rescue electro-diesel locomotive
(6 Class 483 - Island line sets). 24 British Rail Class 456
Stations called at: 213
Stations operated: 185 (including Island Line)
National Rail abbreviation: SW
Parent company: Stagecoach
Web site: www.southwesttrains.co.uk
Route map
Route map

South West Trains[1] (SWT) is a British train operating company owned by Stagecoach Group operating the South Western franchise.

It operates the majority of commuter services from its Central London terminus at London Waterloo to South West London as well as most outer suburban/regional services in Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. It also provides regional services in Devon, Somerset, Berkshire, and Wiltshire and on the Isle of Wight. The area of operation, essentially the former South Western division of Network SouthEast, is also roughly that of the pre-1923 London and South Western Railway (excluding everything west of Exeter). The Stagecoach Group took over the franchise on the privatisation of British Rail in 1996 and retained it in 2004 and again in 2007 making it, along with Chiltern Railways, Virgin Trains and First Great Western, the longest-running franchise.[2] It is a particularly complex operation due to the large number and variety of services.

History[edit]

The logo for Island Line Trains. The South Western franchise now includes Island Line

In 1995 the Director of Passenger Rail Franchising awarded the South West Trains franchise to Stagecoach.[3] Operations started on 4 February 1996. South West Trains' first train, the 05:10 Twickenham to London Waterloo, was the first privatised scheduled train to operate for 48 years.

In April 2001 the Strategic Rail Authority awarded Stagecoach a new franchise after it beat bids from First/NedRailways and Sea Containers.[4] The franchise was originally to run for twenty years, but in 2002 the Strategic Rail Authority changed the way it wanted investment funded, and South West Trains was awarded a three-year franchise starting on 1 February 2004.[5]

In December 2005 the Department for Transport announced that Arriva, First, MTR/Sea Containers, National Express and Stagecoach had been shortlisted to tender for the new South Western franchise, which combined the South West Trains and Island Line Trains franchises, National Express later pulling out.[6][7] In September 2006 the Department for Transport awarded the franchise to Stagecoach, the new franchise starting on 4 February 2007 for a period of ten years.[8][9] In March 2013 the Secretary of State for Transport announced the franchise would be extended until 27 April 2019.[10]

In the early days of its franchise, SWT gained notoriety for severe service cuts owing to driver shortages[11] but it later made significant improvements to the network, including replacing much of the rolling stock, refurbishing stations, making stations accessible to disabled passengers, and improving customer information. During the early 2000s, improvements included the introduction of new rail services and the reopening of Chandler's Ford station in Hampshire.

On 12 December 2004 the company completely recast its timetable for the first time since 1967, in an attempt to bring service provision into line with changing demand and to take into account the different characteristics of modern rolling stock, with the intention that this would improve reliability and punctuality across the network.

A smoking ban on all SWT services was introduced from May 2004, partly in response to a fire caused by a cigarette left near a heater under a seat, and also pre-empting the public smoking ban introduced two years later.[12]

Train services[edit]

South West Trains is the key operator for Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset, and also serves London, Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset and Devon. Its services are described below.

Most SWT services run on electrified lines using the 750 V DC third-rail system. There is a diesel fleet for services on the West of England line to Salisbury, Exeter and Bristol, which is unelectrified beyond Worting Jn, and for Salisbury - Romsey via Southampton services, which operate over unelectrified lines between Salisbury and Redbridge and Eastleigh and Romsey. SWT operates almost 1,700 trains per day. Performance improved after the timetable was completely restructured in December 2004, and following the introduction of a unified Network Rail and SWT control centre at Waterloo to improve communication between the two organisations.

From Waterloo, SWT's London terminus, long-distance trains run to southern England, including the major coastal population centres of Portsmouth, Southampton, Bournemouth, Poole and Weymouth; the company also operates many local services on suburban commuter lines in south-west London and Surrey. There are also trains to Reading, Exeter and Bristol, but these are not the principal fast services from London to those cities, which are operated from London Paddington by First Great Western.

As with most rail companies, non-folding bicycles are banned from peak-time trains to and from London. However, these restrictions[13] apply only to cyclists boarding or alighting in the area bounded by Hook, Alton, Guildford, Reading and Dorking. The aim is to maximise available passenger space on the most crowded trains.

South West Trains also has Quiet Zones, similar to the Quiet Coaches on trains operated by certain other Train Operating Companies. Quiet Zones are available on most outer-suburban services and on some express services and are indicated by notices in the windows and signs on the doors. Passengers in these zones are requested not to use mobile phones or play music out loud.

Routes[edit]

South West Trains off-peak Monday to Saturday routes, with numbers of trains per hour, include:

Main lines[edit]

A Class 444 Desiro unit used on longer-distance services on the electrified railway lines.
A Class 455 suburban unit at Wimbledon. These are used on inner suburban services.

The six main lines operated by SWT are:

Suburban services[edit]

Suburban services diverge from the above routes. Taken in order westwards from Waterloo, travelling down the SWML, they are:

Other services[edit]

Ticketing[edit]

Tickets[edit]

Travelcards are available for journeys into London. They are valid on London buses, Tramlink, Docklands Light Railway, London Underground and national rail services within the London travelcard area.

Season tickets and Travelcards are also available to cover multi-day regular journeys. They are available in weekly, monthly and annual periods.

In May 2007, South West Trains introduced a new fare structure for all routes. The original peak prices and times were retained, with "off-peak" being redefined at a higher fare for services leaving after 11am for stations closer to London or arriving in Waterloo at or before mid-day for stations further away from London. Services after this period are now referred to as "Super Off-Peak" and attract similar prices to the old Off-Peak tickets.[14]

In January 2008 SWT fares increased on average by 4.3%.[15]

In 2009, ticket gates were installed at Waterloo to improve revenue protection.

The smartcard scheme for season tickets on the national rail system was extended in spring 2010 to cover the lines from Weymouth to Basingstoke and from Staines to Wokingham, and on the Isle of Wight, in addition to the current trial area between Staines and Windsor. It was also announced that SWT proposed to reduce operating hours at 24 of its ticket offices.[16]

In May 2010 posters appeared at stations advertising that the extended smartcard scheme was now available for stations between Weymouth and Basingstoke. The smartcards SWT is using are branded StagecoachSmart in common with those being introduced on Stagecoach buses in Cambridgeshire and which Stagecoach plans to provide across its rail and bus operations.

Oyster pay-as-you-go, Travelcards and season tickets[edit]

Oyster pay-as-you-go is now available on all South West Trains routes within the Greater London area.[17] Oyster cards holding season tickets have always been valid within the London Travelcard area, in the same way as normal paper Travelcards and season tickets.

In November 2010 the Department for Transport announced that passengers would be able to top up Oyster cards at all stations operated by South West Trains in the London Travelcard area from May 2011. SWT was the last rail company franchise not to offer this facility (except at Wimbledon and Richmond stations) for passengers using suburban rail services within the London Travelcard area.[18]

Penalty fares[edit]

South West Trains currently issues penalty fares for passengers travelling by train without a valid ticket. However, the company has planned to install at least one self-service ticket machine at each of its served stations in the bid to stop fare evasion.

The penalty fare is either £20 or double the travelled fare, whichever is greater. This does not apply at Chandler's Ford or the stations on the West of England Main Line west of Salisbury; this is due to the lack of ticket issuing facilities at those stations. Revenue Protection Officers employed by SWT travel the network and are visible at stations to enforce penalty fares and issue some tickets; aside from station ticket barriers, CCTV is used to combat ticketless travel and prevent assaults on members of staff and customers.

Route changes[edit]

The South West Trains network has changed considerably since privatisation in 1996. It no longer serves West Croydon, Sutton, stations between Chichester and Brighton, or the mainline portion of Reading station. South West Trains does now serve stations to Bristol (introduced in 2004 to replace withdrawn Arriva Trains Wales services), Mottisfont and Dunbridge and Dean. Services beyond Exeter to Paignton, Plymouth and Penzance ceased in December 2009 so as to release stock for the hourly Waterloo - Exeter service.[19]

Megatrain[edit]

Main article: Megatrain

Stagecoach, SWT's parent company, currently sells seats on some off-peak services under the Megatrain brand from Mondays to Saturdays. This uses a similar low-cost model to its Megabus service. Megatrain tickets are available on certain services expected to be lightly loaded. Tickets are generally between London Waterloo and other principal stations, and ticket-holders are assigned to a specific train.

Performance[edit]

Latest performance figures released by Network Rail for period 5 (2014/15) were 88.2% (Public Performance Measure - PPM) and 88.9% (Moving Annual Average - MAA) for the 12 months up to 16 August 2014.[20]

Rolling stock details[edit]

In the early days of the franchise, South West Trains operated rolling stock inherited from British Rail. It applied its brand to the trains by modifying the Network SouthEast livery with an orange stripe, taking advantage of the similarity between the Network SouthEast livery and that of parent company Stagecoach.

The company later introduced new or refurbished trains, and has standardised on a set of three distinct liveries - mainly white for long-distance services, mainly blue for outer-suburban services, and mainly red for London commuter rail services. There are exceptions to this: most notably, the trains operating suburban rail services to Hounslow, Windsor and Weybridge via Staines-upon-Thames are in the blue livery as opposed to the red livery used on other services.

London Underground fleet[edit]

Class 483 train at Ryde Esplanade

On the Island Line, the clearances of a tunnel under Ryde are insufficient for standard trains. As a consequence, former London Underground rolling stock has been used since the line was electrified. Since 1992, Class 483 trains have been used, of which five two-car units remain in service. They date from 1938. SWT took on this fleet when it was awarded the combined South West/Island Line franchise in 2007 (though Island Line as a separate franchise was also previously operated by a separate Stagecoach owned company.[21]

Desiro fleet[edit]

The introduction of Desiro rolling stock built by Siemens was to replace the old Class 423 slam-door trains which were coming to the end of their useful lives, and which did not meet modern health and safety requirements. The introduction was delayed because of the additional power needs of this type of stock: Network Rail spent £1 billion upgrading the power supply to take account of this.[citation needed]

The new trains have on-board information systems and full air-conditioning. Their faster acceleration is counterbalanced by the need to dwell longer at each station, since they have fewer doors. In addition, the Desiros have many more components: all are computerised and subject to the possibility of breakdowns. It is estimated that the slam-door trains could achieve 60,000 miles (96,000 km) without breakdown; the Desiros an estimated 13,000 miles (20,800 km) but this is gradually improving.

The Desiro stock comes in two variants - Class 450 units which have four 20 m cars and are mainly used on suburban and outer-suburban services, and Class 444 units which have five 23 m cars as well as intercity-style door layouts and are used on longer-distance services to Weymouth.

Plans have been announced to introduce 30 new five-car Desiro City trains on to the network from 2017.[22]

  • The 450 Desiro Fleet includes 450001-127.
  • The 444 Desiro Fleet includes 444001-045.

British Rail EMUs (Class 455)[edit]

South West Trains operates a fleet of Class 455 metro-style commuter trains. These were built for British Rail.[23]

A full refurbishment programme started in 2004 on the fleet of 91 four-car units and was completed in March 2008.[24] Modifications included a new 2+2 seating layout with high-back seats, CCTV, cycle storage, wheelchair space, doors that open further to allow for faster alighting, and additional passenger information systems. All units are now painted in a new red "Metro" version of the SWT livery.

British Rail EMUs (Class 456)[edit]

All twenty-four Class 456 2-car EMUs have been transferred from Southern to SWT, with the first units entering SWT service on 23 March 2014.[25] These 1990s-built units are compatible with the existing Class 455 fleet. All will eventually be refurbished and repainted into the red "Metro" livery, although some have entered service in debranded Southern livery. They will be coupled to certain pairs of Class 455 sets to form 10-car trains, increasing capacity on some local services in and out of Waterloo.

Juniper fleet (Class 458)[edit]

A Class 458 Juniper at Virginia Water in April 2004

Thirty of these four-car units were ordered by South West Trains in 1998, to create extra capacity and to replace some of the ageing Class 411 (4-CEP) trains, which at the time were on short-term lease. Deliveries of these trains began in 1998.

The class suffered major technical problems, so in the event none of the older trains were withdrawn from service at that time. It was six more years, in 2004, before the full fleet was in service. In 2003 and 2004, reliability was so poor that, although they were only six years old, South West Trains decided that the units should be replaced by 2005 with the newer Class 450 Desiro units.[26] Only a handful of units were required each day to help maintain services from Waterloo to Reading, and these had been expected to cease after 31 July 2006, when the lease with the rolling stock company expired. An application by SWT to extend this by six months was refused, as the class did not meet all the requirements of disability legislation.

However, later it was decided that, on or before the start of the new franchise in February 2007, the class would be reinstated and take over all operations on the Waterloo to Reading line, indirectly covering the loss of the Class 442s. They have been fitted with new, larger destination screens that comply with the disability legislation, but the trains still fall foul in some other areas, such as the height of the door-open buttons.

All 30 Class 458 trains are to be split up and the 120 vehicles reconfigured into 36 five-car sets, incorporating 60 extra vehicles from the mechanically similar Class 460s formerly used on Gatwick Express services.[27][28] The five-car sets will be designated Class 458/5 and coupled together to form ten-car trains from 2014.[29][30]

The first two of the 5-car sets were delivered in October 2013, and are undergoing testing ahead of the introduction of the first 10-car train into service in December 2013. Passenger service started in March 2014.[31][32]

Diesel fleet[edit]

Line of 3 Class 159s, 1 Class Class 158 and the former route learning Class 960 at Salisbury depot

South West Trains currently has 11 two-carriage Class 158s and 30 three-carriage Class 159s (22 159/0s and 8 159/1s).

The 159/1s were converted at Wabtec, Doncaster from Class 158s, received from First TransPennine Express in exchange for Class 170s. Eleven further two-carriage 158s were received from First TransPennine Express, which were also refurbished at Wabtec.

Two Class 158s transferred from Central Trains entered service in July 2005 on the new Bristol Temple Meads service, moving to First ScotRail in February 2007.[33]

Locomotives[edit]

Although South West Trains does not operate locomotive-hauled services, until 2009 it maintained three Class 73 locomotives for recovery duties. Locomotive 73109 had been in service with SWT since the start of the franchise; the other two, 73201 and 73235, were acquired from Gatwick Express in 2005. 73235 is now the only one of the three locomotives to be owned by South West Trains. The SWT 73s are soon to undergo a major overhaul, including a new livery and new Dellner couplers to enable the loco to couple to the fleet's Desiro trains.

Rolling stock[edit]

Current fleet[edit]

Class Image Type Top speed Number Routes operated Built
mph km/h
Class 73 73201 at Woking.jpg Electro-diesel locomotive 90 145 1 Thunderbird Locomotive 1962
Class 158 Express Sprinter 158788 & 158858 , Danesmoor.jpg DMU 90 145 11 London Waterloo - Salisbury / Bristol Temple Meads
Romsey - Salisbury via Southampton Central
Brockenhurst - Lymington Pier (Weekday services)
1989−1992
Class 159 South Western Turbo 159013 at Trowbridge.JPG 90 145 30 West of England / Wessex Main Lines:
London Waterloo - Salisbury / Bristol Temple Meads / Exeter St Davids
Portsmouth Harbour - Basingstoke (Morning Service)
Portsmouth Harbour - Southampton Central (Occasionally)
159/0 1992−1993
159/1 Converted 2006−2007
Class 444 Desiro 444040 at Clapham Junction.jpg EMU 100 160 45 Main Line Routes:
London Waterloo - Poole / Weymouth

London Waterloo - Portsmouth Harbour (Shared with Class 450s Weekdays and Sundays)
Limited Outer Suburban Routes

2003–2004
Class 450 Desiro Portsmouth and Southsea railway station MMB 02 450097.jpg 100 160 127 Main Line Routes: London Waterloo - Portsmouth Harbour (Shared with Class 444s weekdays and Sundays)/ Alton / Basingstoke / Poole (Occasionally) / Reading (Occasionally)
Southampton Central - Portsmouth & Southsea
Brockenhurst - Lymington Pier (Weekend services)


Outer Suburban Routes: London Waterloo - Windsor & Eton Riverside / Weybridge via Staines-upon-Thames / London Waterloo via Hounslow
Ascot - Guildford
Limited Express and Inner suburban services

2002–2006
Class 455 Guildford railway station MMB 24 455853.jpg 75 120 91 Inner Suburban Routes:
London Waterloo - Shepperton / Hampton Court / Woking / London Waterloo via Hounslow /London Waterloo via Strawberry Hill / Dorking / Guildford via Oxshott or Epsom / Chessington South / Windsor & Eton Riverside
1982 - 1985
2004 - 2007 (refurbished)
Class 456 Southern456015-WandsworthRoad-20040927.JPG 75 120 24 Currently used on Ascot to Guildford line. Also to be used on some services operated by Class 455 units to make 10 coach trains. Were transferred from Southern in March 2014 and are undergoing refurbishment.
Class 458/0 (4Jop) Juniper Clapham Junction railway station MMB 24 458004 458XXX.jpg 100 160 29 Outer Suburban Services:London Waterloo - Reading /

Ascot - Guildford

1998-2002
Class 458/5 (5Jop) Juniper Class 458534 Blue at Clapham.JPG 100 160 7 Outer Suburban Services 2012-2014 (2000-2001 as Class 460)
Class 483 Isle of Wight Inselbahn.jpg 45 72.5 6 Ryde Pier Head - Shanklin 1938
1989 - 1992 (refurbished)

Future fleet[edit]

 Class   Image   Type   Number   Notes 
Class 458/5 460003 at Victoria 2.jpg 36 120 x Class 458 & 60 x Class 460 carriages to form 36 x 5-car sets
from 2013 allowing SWT to run 10-car trains

Past fleet[edit]

 Class   File   Type   Number   Withdrawn   Notes 
Class 170 Turbostar Stdenys 170392.jpg DMU 9 July 2007 8 transferred to First TransPennine Express, 1 to Southern where it was converted to a Class 171
Class 411 (4Cep) CEP (Corridor Electro-Pneumatic) in a Quarry - geograph.org.uk - 639863.jpg EMU 29 May 2005 Some preserved
Class 412 (4Bep) 2325 departing London Waterloo.jpg 7 May 2005 Some preserved
Class 421 (4Cig) 1313 at London Waterloo.JPG 32 May 2005 Two were retained for heritage operations on the Lymington Branch Line until May 2010, as 3Cig units. These units have been preserved and lengthened back to 4 coaches. Three other units have been preserved, most others are in store or have been scrapped.
Class 421 (3Cig) 1498 at Lymington Pier.JPG 2 May 2010 421497 preserved to the Mid Norfolk Railway.
421498 preserved by the Epping Ongar Railway.
Class 423 (4Vep) 3414 and 3419 at London Waterloo.JPG 66 May 2005 Some preserved
Class 442 (5Wes) Wessex Electric 2407 at Moreton, Dorset.JPG 24 February 2007 Withdrawn in favour of Class 444 Desiro units. Now operating Gatwick Express/Southern services.
Class 960 960012.jpg DMU 1 March 2009 Preserved on Swanage Railway

South West Trains is also planning to procure 135 additional carriages for suburban services. These trains could be in service by 2016.[34]

Wessex Electrics Fleet[edit]

These units (Class 442) were initially dedicated to the Weymouth line but, through the 1990s, began to be operated on the London to Portsmouth direct line also. In preparation for the Class 444 and Class 450 "Desiro" units taking over from the slam-door fleet, the Wessex Electrics were withdrawn from Portsmouth line services and were again wholly dedicated to the Weymouth line.

South West Trains announced that it would be withdrawing these units, and they last ran on 3 February 2007. This move also coincided with SWT reinstating all Class 458s for the Waterloo-Reading line. As a result, the Class 444s inherited the Waterloo - Weymouth route and the Class 450s took over some Portsmouth Harbour services, while the 442s went into storage at Eastleigh. In 2008, Southern leased these trains for its Gatwick Express service, and is now operating them on services from London Victoria to Gatwick Airport and Brighton.[35]

Turbostar Fleet[edit]

In 2000, South West Trains acquired eight 2-car Class 170/3 units to supplement its existing Class 159 fleet. They were used on London to Salisbury services as well as a new Southampton local service, and on Reading to Basingstoke services. They were sometimes pressed into use on Waterloo-Exeter services but, as they were not fitted with end gangways for catering or selective door opening for the short platforms at some stations, this was not a regular route.

From late 2006 to mid-2007, the Class 170s were gradually transferred to First TransPennine Express in exchange for a larger number of Class 158 units, to expand and standardise the fleet. One, 170392, originally built to Southern specifications but taken over by SWT soon after its construction, went to Southern and was converted to a Class 171.

Greyhound Fleet[edit]

The final slam-door train on regular passenger services ran from London Waterloo to Bournemouth on 26 May 2005 with units 421396, 423536 and 421398. Some slam-door units have been preserved on heritage railways and three were retained by SWT for operations on the Lymington Branch Line and for special duties.

Services on the Lymington branch were operated as a "heritage" operation using one of two refurbished 3Cig units, nos. 421497 and 421498. The two units were repainted in their original liveries, one in classic Southern Region green and the other in British Rail blue and grey, and went into service on 12 May 2005. Following the May 2010 timetable change, these have now been replaced on the Lymington branch by Class 158 units during the week and Class 450 units at the weekend.[36]

Preserved SWT trains[edit]

423417 on display at an Open Day at Eastleigh Works in May 2009, alongside one of the operational 3CIG units.

Of the Classes 411, 412, 421 and 423 slam-door trains, several complete former SWT units have been preserved.

In contrast, just two former Southern units have been preserved - one Class 421 and one Class 423. No complete units from South Eastern Trains have been preserved.

Diagrams[edit]

Diagrams of operational trains

Class 159 South West Trains Diagram.PNG Class 444 South West Trains Diagram.PNG Class 450 South West Trains Diagram.PNG Class 455 South West Trains Diagram.PNG

Use of Class 159s by UK Railtours[edit]

In June 2013, charter operator UK Railtours ran an excursion train from Waterloo to Axminster (for the Seaton Tramway) for the first time using a Class 159 DMU as opposed to a locomotive hauled train that is typically used. It was a huge success that UK Railtours have run many more 159 excursions since. This follows on from their success with the 125 Specials. For UK Railtours it is significantly cheaper for them to use a Class 159 unit than a locomotive hauled train since the latter needs to be hired from a rolling stock owner and thus the fares are higher. Additionally the use of a 159 requires less staff and shorter station dwell times due to the swing plug doors as opposed to slam doors on loco-hauled trains and HSTs. This therefore reduces the fares further.[37]

Depots[edit]

Wimbledon Traincare depot[edit]

Wimbledon Traincare depot is one of Europe's most advanced train servicing complexes. It is between Wimbledon and Earlsfield stations, on the main line to Waterloo, next to the landmark Wimbledon Train Viaduct.

Bournemouth Traincare Depot[edit]

Bournemouth train care depot is South West of Bournemouth railway station, occupying the approach to the former Bournemouth West Station. Up until their withdrawal in February 2007, the depot was home to the Class 442 (5Wes) Wessex Electrics. The branch turns off at Branksome railway station and trains can be seen stopping at platform 2 and reversing into the depot.

Clapham Traincare depot[edit]

Clapham Junction depot provides stabling for the fleet. It does not carry out any maintenance but does have a carriage washer that is regularly used.

Northam Traincare Depot[edit]

Northam Traincare Depot was built by Siemens in 2002 as the home depot for the Desiro fleet as part of a 20-year maintenance contract.[38] It is located south of St Denys railway station and is near Southampton Football Club's St Mary's Stadium.

Salisbury Traincare Depot[edit]

Salisbury depot provides servicing for South West Trains' diesel fleet.

Fratton Traincare Depot[edit]

Fratton Traincare Depot sits on the South Coast in Portsmouth. The Depot occupies the site alongside Fratton station, with two of the sidings right next to Goldsmith Avenue. It has a carriage washer and is the fuelling point for the 158s and 159s. The Depot has a Train Shed with two pitted roads for maintenance of rolling stock. Class 444 and 450 units berth overnight there, and there are stabling sidings and bay platforms at Portsmouth & Southsea station all of which come under the control of the Depot at Night.

Farnham Traincare Depot[edit]

Farnham depot, in Weydon Lane, was opened by the Southern Railway at the time of the electrification of the Portsmouth and Alton lines in 1937.[39] It was refurbished for the introduction of modern units when slam-door trains were replaced circa 2005. At the same time, disused quarry and ballast dump sidings behind the carriage shed were removed and a number of outdoor sidings were laid for overnight storage and servicing of units.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Greener Smarter Travel: Stagecoach group welcomes new South West Trains franchise deal" (Press release). Stagecoach Group. 6 November 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Companies House extract company no 2938995. South Western Trains Limited.
  4. ^ "Stagecoach Group Welcomes South West Trains Decision" (Press release). Stagecoach Holdings. 2 April 2001. 
  5. ^ Rail (Peterborough). 13 November 2002, page 4.
  6. ^ "Stagecoach Group shortlisted for South Western rail franchise" (Press release). Stagecoach Group. 20 December 2005. Retrieved 4 February 2011. 
  7. ^ South Western stakeholder briefing. Department for Transport. 4 April 2006.
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  9. ^ Davidson, Ros (22 September 2006). "Stagecoach Wins South West Trains Contract". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
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  11. ^ "South West Trains to hire drivers after £90m order". The Independent (London). 14 May 1997. Retrieved 27 April 2010. 
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  17. ^ "Passengers to benefit from roll-out of Oyster pay as you go to South West Trains services". South West Trains. Retrieved 19 November 2010. 
  18. ^ "Top up expansion makes journeys easier for rail users" (Press release). Department for Transport. 12 November 2010. 
  19. ^ Rail (595) (Peterborough). 2 July 2008. p. 20. 
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  22. ^ http://www.rail.co.uk/rail-news/2014/swt-new-train-order
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  33. ^ Class 158 scot-rail.co.uk
  34. ^ South West Trains: CAPACITY IMPROVEMENT PLANS REVEALED BY SOUTH WEST TRAINS-NETWORK RAIL ALLIANCE AND DEPARTMENT FOR TRANSPORT Retrieved 7 September 2013
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  39. ^ Railway Gazette, 1937
Preceded by
Network SouthEast
As part of British Rail
Operator of South West franchise
1996 - 2007
Succeeded by
South West Trains
South Western franchise
Preceded by
Island Line
Island Line franchise
Operator of South Western franchise
2007 - present
Incumbent
Preceded by
South West Trains
South West franchise