First Great Eastern
5 January 1997 – 31 March 2004
|Main region(s)||East London
East of England
|Stations called at||61|
|National Rail abbreviation||GE|
First Great Eastern operated all stops and limited stops services on the Great Eastern Main Line from London Liverpool Street to Southend Victoria, Southminster, Braintree, Colchester Town, Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-Naze, Harwich Town and Ipswich. It also ran services on the Romford to Upminster Line and Gainsborough Line from Marks Tey to Sudbury.
First Great Eastern inherited a fleet of Class 312, Class 315 and Class 321s from British Rail. A Class 153 was hired from Anglia Railways for the Marks Tey to Sudbury service due to it not being electrified, a Class 150 being used on weekdays and a Class 153 on weekends. Prior to this arrangement, a Class 121 Bubble Car was hired from Silverlink.
|Class||Image||Type||Top speed||Number||Routes operated||Built|
|121 Bubble Car||diesel multiple unit||70||112||Hired from
|Marks Tey - Sudbury||1960|
|150||diesel multiple unit||75||120||Hired from
|Marks Tey - Sudbury||1984–1987|
|153||diesel multiple unit||75||120||Hired from
|Marks Tey - Sudbury||1987-1988|
|312||electric multiple unit||90||145||24||Colchester - Walton-on-the-Naze
Harwich Town - Manningtree
London Liverpool Street - Clacton-on-Sea and Ipswich (peak times only)
|315||electric multiple unit||75||120||43||London Liverpool Street - Shenfield and Southminster
Romford - Upminster
|321||electric multiple unit||100||160||77||London Liverpool Street - Braintree, Southend Victoria, Ipswich, Walton-on-the-Naze, Colchester Town, Clacton-on-Sea
Wickford - Southminster (Sundays only)
|360/1 Desiro||electric multiple unit||100||160||21||London Liverpool Street - Clacton-on-Sea and Harwich Town
London Liverpool Street - Ipswich (peak times only)
First Great Eastern's fleet was maintained at Ilford depot.
In 2002, as part of a franchise reorganisation by the Strategic Rail Authority, it was announced that the Great Eastern franchise would be merged into the Greater Anglia franchise. In December 2003, the Strategic Rail Authority awarded the Greater Anglia Rail Franchise to National Express, and the services operated by First Great Eastern were transferred to One on 1 April 2004.
- Companies House extract company no 3007936 Great Eastern Railway Limited
- First Great Eastern route map August 2003
- "Bubble cars revived, depot opens to solve Great Eastern branch crisis" Rail issue 312 27 August 1997 page 10
- Rail issue 468 20 August 2003 page 9
- Rail issue 426 9 January 2002 page 4
- "National Express wins rail franchise". The Daily Telegraph. London. 22 December 2003.
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As part of British Rail
|Operator of Great Eastern franchise
1997 – 2004
Greater Anglia franchise