Northern’s London Midland Central cast-offs arrive

Central Trains in BoltonWe thought we’d seen the last of the dreaded Central Trains livery – the watchword for travelling between Liverpool and Manchester in dirty sardine-cans – but we were wrong. Here’s one of the displaced diesel units from the Snow Hill route in Birmingham that is allowing Northern Rail to play pass-the-trainset. This one was on the 1725 Bolton to Manchester Victoria tonight, and features lovely cream and orange interior panelling that we suspect dates back to the eighties.


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10 Responses to Northern’s London Midland Central cast-offs arrive

  1. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    Surely these are better than Class 142 Pacers… least they look more like a train than an “armored tram”.

  2. Paul Sidorczuk says:

    Sorry for the mis-spelling of “armoured” above

  3. Shaun says:

    Agreed, the 150s should be better than the 142s. Bigger and more comfortable the the bouncing, screeching Pacers.

  4. Tony says:

    Not more 142s James as they were already ours in the first place! We just lent them to FGW. I had a a look inside 150114 just before it left on the 06:1 7 Vic – Blackpool. Yep… like stepping back in time!

  5. Sean says:

    Oh sweet Jesus please no, I have suffered the ignominy of traveling on these before. When it rains outside it is like commuting in a Turkish bath, with the downside being suffocated by the permeating aroma of diesel fumes, the chair springs are so hard they seem to have been taken straight out of the ejector seat of an F16 fighter jet.

  6. Rob says:

    Have Northern received from trains from Arriva Trains Wales too?i got on a Northern train from Eccles today, and it had ATW all over it!

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