The Anonymous Widower

What Train Is This?

I took these pictures of a train coming from Barnstaple to Exeter.

But what type if train is it?

The last picture shows it is Class 150 train built in the 1980s by British Rail.

It is certainly a high quality refurbishment of 150263.

I’d much rather travel in this train, than a new Class 700 train.


  • The seats were comfortable.
  • There were several tables in each car.
  • The toilet was one of the best I’ve seen.
  • The information system, tip-up seats and grab handles were all excellent.

The train even had it’s own wheelchair ramp stowed away in a secure metal cupboard.

I can’t find anything on the web about who did the refurbishment of this train.

My only thought, is that it was an in-house job and came from Laira with love!

The Truth About The Refurbishment

The August 2017 Edition of Modern Railways has a long article entitled Great Western Improvement Imminent, where on page 75, this is said.

The Class 150/2s are going through a refurbishment and repaint at Wabtec’s Doncaster plant

If all the 137 trainsets end up like this no-one will complain.

April 5, 2017 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. pictures?
    best David

    Comment by David Collier | April 6, 2017 | Reply

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