Class 158

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ScotRail operates a fleet of forty Class 158 "Express" DMUs. These are allocated between Corkerhill Depot (formerly Haymarket) and Inverness Depot. The units are primarily used on long-distance rural services as well as short distance commuter services within the Central Belt.


Class 158s currently operate the following routes:

  • Glasgow Queen Street - Maryhill - Anniesland   (shared with 170s)
  • Late evening Edinburgh - Motherwell and early morning Motherwell - Edinburgh
  • Aberdeen - Inverness   (Shared with 170s)
  • Inverness - Kyle/Wick
  • Borders Railway/Fife Circle   (Shared with 170s)


The Class 158s underwent a refurbishment programme at Glasgow Works, Springburn between 2015 & 2018. This included exterior repainting, a remodel of the interior seating arrangements and the new saltire moquette to go with. The Inverness sets were treated first, and the then Haymarket based ones were secondary.

158701 » 158701 ex works stands outside the main building at its launch on 1st September Photo by class47man


Different liveries at Brunstane » 158786 (plain blue) leads 158871 (Alphaline) at Brunstane station. 25 June 2009 Photo by KeithSanders

158782, 158786, 158789 and 158791 arrived at HA on loan during February 2007. 158791 returned south to Northern on 3rd March 2007.

158867, 158868, 158869 and 158870 arrived at Haymarket on 14 December 2007 on long-term loan from Northern, an arrangement which was due to end in June 2010. However, a new agreement was made with the ROSCO and the units formed part of the ScotRail fleet and remained with ScotRail indefinitely. In 2010 the Angel Trains fleet were repainted into the TS Scotrail Saltire livery (and eventually fitted with the new standard oval LED lights), and all 8 units remained in Scotland until 2018 when they transferred to Arriva Rail North.

The first 2 158s (158870/871) left Scotland on 5th January and later in the year, due to the sufficient arrival of 385 EMUs for Scotrail by the introduction of the new winter timetable in December 2018, the remaining sets were transferred south to Heaton Depot:

158782, 158786 & 158868 on 10th December 2018 &
158789, 158867 & 158869 on 12th December 2018.

158870 » Ex Works 158870 stands outside the test house prior to departure on Sunday 19th September Taken with permission of Railcare & FirstScotrail Photo by class47man

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