Class 150 replaces 175 (Arriva Trains Wales)

Discussion in 'UK Railway Discussion' started by PacerTrain142, 14 Jul 2018.

  1. BucksBones

    BucksBones Member

    18 Jul 2017

    I don’t really agree with this often-expressed point of view. If anyone is seriously suggesting that all of the general public bar railway enthusiasts are not going to notice the difference between a well-designed, civilised train with space for luggage, air conditioning and comfortable seating, and a smaller, older, non-air conditioned unit with a cramped suburban layout then I think they ought to credit people with a little more intelligence.

    If I get a train from Manchester to South Wales and it turns out to be a 150 then I am not going to have a particularly enjoyable journey but it won’t put me off travelling on that line again because I know that next time it is likely to be a more suitable unit.

    If somebody who doesn’t use trains very much ends up travelling for 3+ hours on what they see as a smelly, draughty, hot, noisy and cramped train, they are probably going to drive next time rather than repeat the experience as they will not know that it is (comparatively) unusual.

    I absolutely believe that train operators are to be commended for using inferior stock rather than cancel the service but if, say, the guard were to apologise for the different type of rolling stock and explain the reasons behind it, it might be looked upon in a more favourable light by travellers at large.
    Last edited: 22 Jul 2018
  2. 185143

    185143 Established Member

    3 Mar 2013
    I'm currently on 150280, about to alight at Chester having travelled from Leominster. Despite being stood most of the way, the lack of air con is the worst part about it.

    If you stand outside the bog (assuming the "52" coach is leading) you get quite a pleasant breeze! In fact-I was very comfortable after I realised that at Chirk:D

    The train I went down on was a 2 coach 175. I had a seat and it was lovely and cold onboard!
  3. Michael.Y

    Michael.Y Established Member

    14 Oct 2011
    No-one is claiming that a 175 is better suited to the job than a 150.

    But a 150 is better suited to the job than a 000.

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