Class 310 unit memories, 1970-2001
Class 310s were delivered new from Derby Works to the WCML in 1965 with them
based at Bletchley working all over the WCML including relief trains to and from
Carlisle in the 80's/90's. They finally left the Euston - Northampton axis in Aug 89
being transferred to the GE and then to the Fenchurch St Lines.
The 321 unit shortage created by the Watford crash in Aug 96 saw 310'1s hired in on Euston services once more, although only for a week. Their long hold on West Midland services finally ended on March 29th 2000, leaving them working many services out of Fenchurch St
helped by delays in commissioning their new class 357 units. Sadly this swansong ended on Saturday November 17th 2001 with 310088 and 310109 specially rostered for an all day diagram and even a headboard was carried that day.
Everybody's memories of these classic units will differ, but i remember the supremely comfortable seats with over a foot of sofa like fabric, often too hot inside and storming down the Trent at 95mph plus (booked for 75 mph max) , Happy days, 10 phots to enjoy below.
Any more 310 unit phots/memories to share?
Bletchley, Spring 1970
Bletchley Carriage Sidings in the Spring of 1970
Leighton Buzzard, Oct 82
approach, the guards cage being 3 coaches back.
Crewe Independent Lines, Aug 85
Dudley Port, March 88
image of 310051 probably on a Wolves local, a turn these units covered until March 2000.
Cambridge, Dec 88
at Cambridge on a Liverpool St working on 091288
Bletchley, June 91
- Birmingham on 080691
Stafford, June 91
Leighton Buzzard August 96
are working the 0736 Birmingham - Euston on 130896. The 310's had been hired in
as cover for 3 321s "lost" after the horrific Watford crash at that time
Fenchurch St, Nov 2001
To their immense credit C2C specially rostered 2 x 310s for an all day diagram on Saturday November 17th 2001 complete with headboard. 310109 and 310088 look good with the 1210 Fenchurch St - Shoeburyness
Shoeburyness, Nov 2001
a 36 year career................