The Anonymous Widower

It’s Not A New Train

This may look like a new train, but it’s just a well refurbished one!

The story of the refurbishment of these Class 455 trains is detailed here in Wikipedia. It includes this comment.

This refurbishment was so comprehensive that many passengers thought the refurbished units were new trains.

But refurbishment of trains is something we do well in this country. And there are lots of similar trains built like these Class 455, running all over the UK.  Some like the Class 317 are already being earmarked for full refurbishment and upgrading.

So don’t despair that the old rattletraps on your line are beyond improvement.  Some designer or engineer has ideas for your trains. Whether they will get done is up to the Treasury, which is not a real bastion of hard core engineering and design.

October 6, 2013 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. […] seen the superb way that South West Trains’ sister fleet of Class 455 trains have scrubbed up, I would be happy, if the Overground got a refurbished fleet of 317 trains. One of the Class 455 […]

    Pingback by Before Overground – Class 317 Trains « The Anonymous Widower | September 21, 2014 | Reply

  2. […] They have all been given a high quality upgrade, which is detailed here. […]

    Pingback by New Trains From Old « The Anonymous Widower | March 20, 2015 | Reply

  3. […] It’s Not A New Train […]

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  4. […] South Western Railway’s ninety-one Class 455 trains, which are soon to be replaced with new Class 701 trains could be a stop-gap. Built in 1982, they still look good as I wrote in It’s Not A New Train. […]

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