Class 170 South West Trains

South West Trains (SWT) acquired a fleet of eight 2-car Class 170/3 units in 2000(later to 9 units supplemented by Ex Southern 170392), to supplement its existing Class 159 fleet. Units operated on London Waterloo to Salisbury, Reading to Brighton, Southampton local services, and occasionally on services to Exeter St Davids, though this was not a regular route for these units, as they do not feature end gangways, making it difficult to provide trolley services, and they lacked selective door opening for the short platforms at stations on the route west of Salisbury. All but one of these units were transferred to First TransPennine Express at the end of 2006, in exchange for some Class 158 Express Sprinters. Unit 170 392 was transferred back to its original intended operator Southern and has since been reclassified and renumbered from 170 392 to 171 730


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