Class 170

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Class 170 "Turbostars"

ScotRail currently operate a fleet of 59 Class 170 "Turbostars", all based at Haymarket Depot in Edinburgh. An initial order for 24 three car units (170401 to 424) was placed with Adtranz in 1999, when Scotrail were under the tenure of National Express. A further 2 units (170470 and 471) were recieved as part of a compensation deal with the manufacturer. 10 more units numbered as 170425 to 434 followed in 2003/4 - these make up the Express pool along with the initial 24 units. In 2004/5, the 7 SPT pool units (170472 to 478) and 12 Suburban units (170450 to 461) were delivered.

Class 170 Express Pool

The Class 170 Express Pool forms the mainstay of the 170 fleet and the units see heavy use on services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Perth and Dundee. Peak time services between Edinburgh and Glasgow are diagrammed for pairs of Express 170s. First class accomodation was provided as built. Most units bear standard 'First Scotrail' barbie livery however they are slowly being repainted into Saltire colours.

170434 visits the Highland capital. The unit arrived as the 08.33 ex-Edinburgh Waverley and returned there as the 12.47 off Inverness : 6/5/2010 Photo by TheLairdoBalmanach


Class 170 Buffet Pool

In 2005 First Scotrail aquired four Turbostars from Hull Trains. When they arrived, these units were operated in Hull Trains green and white but were quickly revinyled into standard First ScotRail livery. The interior fittings of these units differ from Scotrail's in a number of ways, most notable is the provision of a buffet counter in the centre coach. These sets are not operated on dedicated diagrams and can be found on any class 170 working. All of the 170/3s are in the saltire livery.
Interior of former Hull Trains 170396, showing buffet Photo by Dysgraphyk


Class 170 Suburban Pool

Twelve suburban units mainly operate Fife local services as well as Edinburgh to Newcraighall, Bathgate and Dunblane services. Initially, the Suburban pool units were kept to the above diagrams as much as possible as first class accomodation was not provided. The units have now been fitted out with first class except 170 458/59/60/61 as per the Express pool and can therefore be used on any class 170 diagram. All these units now all wear the 'Saltire' livery.

Class 170 SPT Pool

Seven Class 170s wear SPT livery, with non standard green and orange interiors. These units formerly worked almost exclusively on SPT sponsored Glasgow Queen Street to Stirling/Dunblane/Cumbernauld/Falkirk services. However, the units are owned, maintained and operated by Scotrail and since SPT ceased having any say over rail operations in the former PTE area, these units can be used on any class 170 diagram - although first class is not provided. These seven units have now been all wear the 'Saltire' livery excluding 170478 which still wears the SPT colours.

SPT liveried 170478 at Larbert Photo by falkirkbairn


One offs

Class 170s have occasionally operated as two car sets when the centre coach (56 car) fails on an otherwise healthy unit. 170401 was delivered in this manner - with 170402 being delivered with 56401 in it's formation in addition to 56402. Another four car set was formed in July 2000 when 56408 was inserted into 170407 and again in November 2000 when the centre coach from 170412 was inserted into unit 170417. See this thread for details.

170431 in two car formation, March 2010 Photo by Ron


Two units briefly carried advertising liveries in 1999. 170414 wore silver, promoting The Herald newspaper while 170415 was decked out in dark blue with orange spots advertising the Sunday Herald ("No ordinary trainspotter"). The adverts covered the entire centre coach of each unit.

In Summer 2007, 170420 and 421 were revinyled into "Back The Bid" colours to support the City of Glasgow's - ultimately successful - bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The scheme was predominantly light blue with brown doors and was also worn by a number of Glasgow Subway trains.
Back the bid 170 ยป An Edinburgh - Glasgow train with 170420 in Back the bid livery passes Whitecross on 2 May 2007 Photo by jmy


In January 2012, 170433 suffered cab damage after running into a tree during a winter storm. To replace the damaged car, the 50 car from 170425 was added to the set from the 10th of the month until the 1st of February. Notably, the latter coach was painted in the blue Saltire livery, while the 79 and 56 cars of 170433 wore Barbie livery. A second hybrid set was formed on the second of February using 50425, this time paired with Barbie liveried 56453 and 79453. The formations were corrected in April 2012.

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