How far West did a SWT 170 get?

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I have been wondering this question as I only ever saw them going as far as Gillingham, but usually only Salisbury. I did find some photos on google of some at EXD, but did one ever make it to Bristol or Paignton/Plymouth/Penzance?
 
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I have been wondering this question as I only ever saw them going as far as Gillingham, but usually only Salisbury. I did find some photos on google of some at EXD, but did one ever make it to Bristol or Paignton/Plymouth/Penzance?
Definitely saw one on the sea wall, i assume driver training, wasn't in service anyhow
 

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How long did they actually last with SWT?
12 December 2000 to 28 July 2007.


Like SWT's class 159 fleet they are based at Salisbury and 170301 arrived there in October 2000. Further unit arrivals were 170302/3 in early November, 170304/5 on 17th November, 170306 on 23rd November and 170307 on 5th December.

The first service SWT class 170 passenger working was on 12th December 2000 with the 5:10am Salisbury to Southampton using units 170301/2. This formation was then due to work the 5:52am Southampton to Eastleigh service however it was delayed after it was discovered that the safety case for this stock on this route had not been completed - it was by 6:15am when the units eventually departed! 170304 was the first representative of the class to work into Waterloo, doing so on 18th May 2001 with a special from Salisbury. As this was a day of industrial action on South West Trains with 95 percent of services cancelled this happening was missed by many!


SOUTH WEST TRAINS ENDS OPERATION OF CLASS 170

In order to increase capacity on its diesel services has expanded its diesel unit fleet by exchanging with its eight class 170 two car units, introduced to service in December 2000, for two and three car class 158 units at least eight years older. These class 158 units have been extensively refurbished as the two car 15888x series (eleven units) and the three car 159/1 series (nine units). This is a net gain of 22 cars.

The last class 170 working for was the 1L69 21.20 Waterloo to Yeovil Junction service on Saturday 28th July, 170308 working with 159007 as far as Salisbury where it was detached and run into Salisbury depot. 170308 is also the last of its class with and was transferred to Clacton EMU depot as a staging post for on 2nd August.
 
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