Class 156

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ScotRail operate a fleet of 48 Class 156 "''Super Sprinters 30 are saltire and 18 are barbie.
156 506 ยป Glasgow Central 08.09.2010 1118 to East Kilbride Photo by Martin_Baumann

The fleet was originally split between SPT sponsored services and other ScotRail services. As such, twenty eight of them were in SPT Carmine and Cream livery, and twenty in First ScotRail blue livery. With the transfer of SPT's rail powers to Transport Scotland and the rebranding of the ScotRail franchise to a unified livery, the entire fleet of twenty eight Carmine and Cream 156s was repainted into the new ((Class 156 Saltire Relivery |ScotRail saltire livery)).


Fifteen of the 'blue' units are fitted with RETB equipment for working on the West Highland Line. These are 156447 156450 156453 156456 156457 156458 156465 156467 156474 156476 156478 156485 156493 156499, 156462/496 got it removed lately.

In early 2014 two 'SPT' units numbered 156445 and 156500 were fitted with the equipment.


The ScotRail 156s went through a refurbishment programme at Derby Works with 156450 being the first to get the treatment, returning in February 2007.


Central Trains previously loaned 156403 to ScotRail for the Summer 2007 timetable while the ScotRail fleet of Class 156s were refurbished at Derby. It returned south on the 22 September 07.


Class 156s currently operate the following routes:

  • Glasgow Queen Street - Oban/Fort William/Mallaig (RETB fitted units only)
  • Glasgow Queen Street - Stirling/Dunblane/Alloa   (shared with 158s/170s)
  • Glasgow Queen Street - Falkirk Grahamston   (shared with the 158s/170s)
  • Glasgow Queen Street - Maryhill - Anniesland   (shared with 158s/170s)
  • Edinburgh - Dunblane   (shared with the 158s/170s)
  • Edinburgh - West Calder - Shotts - Glasgow Central   (shared with 158s)
  • Edinburgh - Carstairs - Motherwell - Glasgow Central   (Shared with 380s)
  • Edinburgh - Newcraighall   (shared with 158's/170's)
  • Fife Circle (Evenings & Sundays)   More commonly covered by 158s/170s)
  • Glasgow Central - Whifflet   (shared with the 158s) (until Summer 2014)
  • Glasgow Central - East Kilbride
  • Glasgow Central - Barrhead
  • Glasgow Central - Kilmarnock
  • Glasgow Central - Dumfries - Carlisle / Newcastle
  • Glasgow Central - Stranraer
  • Stranraer / Girvan / Ayr - Kilmarnock / Newcastle

Class 156's can also occasionally be found on the following lines in the event of service disruption:

  • Glasgow Central/Edinburgh Waverley - North Berwick/Dunbar (more commonly covered by Class 158/Class 170)
  • Edinburgh Waverley/Glasgow Queen Street - Perth

See also...

Internal Links

Class 156 Formations
Class 156 Diagrams SX
Class 156 Diagrams Weekend
Class 156 Saltire Relivery
Ex Scotrail 156s
Class 156 SPT Livery
Class 156 FSR Repaint 06
Class 156 FSR Refurbishment 07
Class 156 FSR Refurbishment 2011-2014

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