Hey Guys, I have noticed most of SWRs Fleet still retains the SWT Livery, excluding the 455,456 and 458 does anyone know why the refurbishment of the Class 450, 158,159 and 444 is taking so long? Also on this topic why have the Class 442s not entered service yet? I thought they were due to enter service 2 months ago?
I think you are talking about the repainting of the exteriors of the trains; currently only the interiors of the trains are being refurbished, the exteriors will be done another time.
With regards to the 442s, apparently they are entering passenger service in late February, but the enter-service date seems to constantly be delayed...
whats going on with the Class 442s?
They have found much more corrosion than had originally been expected - on one of the units the front end has had to be virtually rebuilt.
They have also had to alter the interior design a couple of times, as they found they can't take the guards compartment out like had originally been intended.
If someone had consulted with any fleet engineers who were around in 2001 / Rolling Stock Leasing company, the answer would probably have been available. It's a pity no-one looked at the real rolling stock, complete with cable runs and air prake pipes before agreeing the ideas suggested by the interior designer.
I bet they might just delay them more and more until maybe December 2019. Also, I hope the 442s won’t have ironing board seats. That’s what I liked about the 444s, non-ironing board seats. Will there be a buffet car or just a trolley service?