Southern has completed its £7 million overhaul of the diesel fleet which operates between Crowborough and London Bridge.
All 16 of Southern’s Class 171 diesel trains have now undergone refurbishment. Most of the diesel fleet operates on the line between Uckfield and London Bridge, while the remainder runs on the East Coastway between Brighton and Ashford International stations.
Southern’s Fleet Overhaul Manager, Iain Nairne said:
With around a million miles under its belt, each train had become rather tired inside, so this refresh has breathed new life into these 10-year old trains. The project was delivered on plan and within budget, which is good news for our passengers who are enjoying trains that are now as good as new.
Southern said the project included a full refresh of the 44-carriage passenger accommodation including new carpets, re-coated grab poles and handles, new seat covers, re-coated body side panels with anti-graffiti vinyl. The exteriors have undergone paint repairs and a final polish.
Mechanical systems have been overhauled including exterior and interior doors, air conditioning modules, all running gear, couplings, and brake control equipment.
Southern told CrowboroughLife by carrying out these mechanical overhauls at the same time as the passenger accommodation refresh, the time the trains were out of service was considerably reduced, leading to maximum availability of capacity for our passengers.