The Anonymous Widower

Southeastern’s Class 707 Trains

A few days ago, I had my first ride in one of Southeastern‘s Class 707 trains.

Other than a change of colour, they seemed little different to when they were working for South Western Railway.

Note that the orange grab-handles have been retained.

November 29, 2021 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , ,


  1. SWR would have been a lot smarter just bulk ordering these rather than the 701’s which are just filling up sidings as they don’t work properly and the drivers have blacked them. Hey ho SE passengers are the beneficiaries.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | November 29, 2021 | Reply

  2. I have a feeling, that Bombardier’s problems started because they over-specified the trains and couldn’t get the computer system to work properly.

    But Alstom if they can sort the software will reap the benefit.

    I do wonder if Bombardier specified an electric traction system, that can accept any power that is presented to it. Alstom could be taking advantage of this to create the hydrogen Aventra.

    Comment by AnonW | November 29, 2021 | Reply

  3. Those orange handles will come in handy and save money if services are transferred to TFL Overground network!

    Comment by Melvyn | November 29, 2021 | Reply

  4. Reading other comments I’m reminded of a colleague who was involved in the Bill of Materials on the 701 and other stock until the end of last year. To hear his remarks about the state of disarray concerning materials definition and control not to mention the fundamental blunders over the software specifications I can’t say I’m particularly surprised.

    Comment by fammorris | November 30, 2021 | Reply

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