The Anonymous Widower

Were South Western Railway’s Class 707 Trains Designed By An Accountant With A Red Pen?

I’ve just travelled between Syon Lane and Dalston Junction stations.

For the first part of the journey, I was in a South Western Railway Class 707 train, until I changed to the Overground and a Class 378 train.

The Class 707 train is better noted for what it doesn’t have.

  • Air-conditioning
  • Two door opening buttons
  • Toilets
  • Padding in the seats

But it does have wi-fi!

Was it designed by an accountant with a red pen?

As they were lumbered with these uncomfortable trains by the previous franchise holders; Stagecoach, I can understand why they are being replaced with Class 701 trains.

I am actually typing this in one of London Overground’s Class 378 trains, which have air-conditioning, better seats and more door buttons!


I can’t say I’m sorry to see Stagecoach abandon train operating!

August 2, 2019 - Posted by | Transport | , , ,


  1. Those trains do have air conditioning – perhaps the aircon in the unit you were on was faulty?

    Comment by A | August 3, 2019 | Reply

  2. Stagecoach buses round here have comfortable leather seats, Wi-Fi, USB charging points and the latest ones displays and announcements, however the difference is that Stagecoach own the buses, whereas they have to lease the trains…

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | August 3, 2019 | Reply

  3. My take was Siemens A/C was inferior on 700/707/350’s i travelled on during last weeks heatwave compared to Bombardier E* units

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | August 3, 2019 | Reply

  4. These trains are definitely on a par with dog excrement, but they DO have air conditioning.

    Comment by Bob | August 3, 2019 | Reply

    • Perhaps it had failed or was turned down low! There was a definite improvement in air quality, when I took the Class 378. The Class 717 trains, that I take regularly have much h better air quality! It’s a puzzle!

      Comment by AnonW | August 3, 2019 | Reply

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