British Rail Class 157

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British Rail Class 157 Sprinter
Class 157 Strathclyde Sprinter.PNG
Artist's Impression of Class 157.
ManufacturerHunslet
Family nameSprinter
Number built21 (planned)
Operator(s)British Rail (intended)

Class 157 Strathclyde Sprinter was the designation applied to a range of Diesel multiple unit trains of the Sprinter family planned for regional use, in particular for the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive.[1] As well as the class number, British Rail reserved carriage numbers in the 526xx and 576xx series for these units.

As the privatisation of British Rail began, the intended use of the new trains in the Strathclyde area on a range of both existing and newly reopened routes was shelved, owing to the lack of funding available for the reopenings that had been specified by the local authorities. An additional issue was Hunslet's attempt to transfer its intellectual property rights over a number of its engineering designs to another company in 1994.[2] In the event, the order for the new trains was cancelled.[3] Strathclyde eventually ended up receiving a batch of Class 170 units.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The all-time guide to the UK Traction Classification System Part 3: Diesel Multiple Units" (PDF). The Railway Centre. 2 May 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 11 June 2014. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  2. ^ "STRATHCLYDE FEARS HITCH MAY JEOPARDISE LEASING". Local Government Choice. 25 February 1994. Retrieved 17 January 2019.
  3. ^ "A Brief History of the Hunslet Engine Co". Leeds Engine Builders. Retrieved 17 January 2019.