West Midlands Trains

West Midlands Trains
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350232 in the transitional LNR livery at Watford Junction
Overview
Franchise(s)West Midlands
10 December 2017 – March 2026
Main region(s)West Midlands
Greater London
Other region(s)North West
East Midlands
Fleet sizeWest Midlands Railway
  • 2 Class 139 Parry People Mover sets
  • 16 Class 170 Turbostar sets
  • 39 Class 172 Turbostar sets
  • 26 Class 323 electric multiple units

London Northwestern Railway

  • 3 Class 230 D-Train sets
  • 15 Class 319 electric multiple units
  • 87 Class 350 Desiro electric multiple units
Stations called at178
Stations operated146
Parent companyAbellio (70%)
JR East (15%)
Mitsui & Co. (15%)
Reporting markLM[1]
PredecessorLondon Midland
Technical
Length867.4
Other
Websitewestmidlandsrailway.co.uk
londonnorthwesternrailway.co.uk
Route map

Route map

  West Midlands Railway
  London Northwestern Railway

West Midlands Trains[2] (WMT) is a train operating company in the United Kingdom. It operates passenger trains on the West Midlands franchise between London and the English Midlands under two trade names: West Midlands Railway (WMR) (within the West Midlands region) and London Northwestern Railway (LNR) (outside the region).

It is owned by a consortium of three companies: Abellio, JR East and Mitsui & Co.

History

Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010–11 to 2018–19[3]

In April 2016, the Department for Transport (DfT) announced the shortlist of bidders for the West Midlands franchise, comprising the incumbent operator Govia, MTR Corporation, and West Midlands Trains: a consortium of Abellio (70%), JR East (15%) and Mitsui (15%).[4][5][6] In July 2016, MTR Corporation withdrew from the bidding process.[7][8]

The invitation to tender was issued in August 2016.[9] In August 2017, the West Midlands Trains consortium was awarded the franchise, and it took over from London Midland on 10 December 2017.[10][11] The franchise is scheduled to run until March 2026.[12][13]

In May 2021, the company was criticised after it sent an email to 2,500 employees thanking them for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and offering a financial bonus;[14] employees who clicked on the link within the email were informed that there was, in fact, no bonus and that the email had been part of a "phishing simulation test”.[15] Manuel Cortes, the general secretary of the Transport Salaried Staffs' Association (TSSA) union described the company's action as “[...] a cynical and shocking stunt by West Midlands Trains, designed to trick employees who have been on the frontline throughout this terrible pandemic – ensuring essential workers were able to travel. The company must now account for their totally crass and reprehensible behaviour. They could and should have used any other pretext to test their internet security. It’s almost beyond belief that they chose to falsely offer a bonus to workers who have done so much in the fight against this virus.”[15] According to The Guardian, "one worker at West Midlands Trains had died from COVID-19 and many others had fallen ill with the virus".[15]

Management

Unlike the previous London Midland franchise, which was solely accountable to the DfT, West Midlands is also accountable for services that operate wholly within the West Midlands region to West Midlands Rail Executive, a group of 16 local authorities.[16][17] However, DfT must still approve any changes West Midlands Rail wish to make until the franchise is re-let.

Branding

WMT services are split into two businesses which operate under two distinct sub-brands. Train services running on the West Coast Main Line, including those running to/from London Euston, Liverpool Lime Street and Crewe, operate under the London Northwestern Railway brand. This name was chosen in tribute to the former London & North Western Railway (LNWR), the company that operated services on the route between 1846 and 1922. Branding of trains and associated publicity use a green colour scheme with a logo composed of the letters L, N and W.[18][19]

Services running in Birmingham and the West Midlands region – previously operated by London Midland under the London Midland City brand – are operated by WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand. WMT have chosen to operate these services as a distinct business unit in order to facilitate a possible future devolution of these services from the national DfT to the West Midlands Combined Authority.[18] These services bear an orange and purple colour scheme and are branded with a hexagonal "WM" monogram adopted as part of a shared branding initiative under Transport for West Midlands, in which several transport modes in the West Midlands County use similar branding to emphasise integrated transport. Each mode bears a variant of the "WM" logo: West Midlands Buses use a red logo, West Midlands Metro trams use a blue logo, cycling initiatives are branded with a green logo, West Midlands Railway bears an orange logo, and the West Midlands Rail Executive uses a turquoise logo.[20]

London Northwestern Railway services

WMT's services along the West Coast Main Line rail corridor are operated under the London Northwestern Railway brand. These services include:[21]

  • services out of London Euston;
  • branch line services off the south of the West Coast main line.

As of December 2021, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday London Northwestern Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [22]

West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
London EustonTring2
  • Wembley Central (limited service)[a], Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted
  • 319
  • 350
London EustonMilton Keynes Central1
  • Watford Junction, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring (London-bound only[b]), Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley
London EustonNorthampton2
  • Watford Junction (1tph), Hemel Hempstead (1tph), Berkhamsted (1tph), Tring (1tph Northampton-bound only), Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes Central, Wolverton
London EustonBirmingham New Street1
  • Watford Junction, Milton Keynes Central, Northampton, Long Buckby, Rugby, Coventry, Canley, Tile Hill, Berkswell, Hampton-in-Arden (Birmingham-bound all day. Northampton-bound trains call in the daytime only), Birmingham International, Marston Green
350
NorthamptonBirmingham New Street1
  • Some services, mainly early morning and late evening services extend to/from London Euston calling at the stations served by the Northampton - London Euston train (see above)
London EustonCrewe1
  • Milton Keynes Central, Rugby, Nuneaton, Atherstone, Polesworth (limited service)[d], Tamworth, Lichfield Trent Valley, Rugeley Trent Valley, Stafford
Birmingham New StreetCrewe1
Birmingham New StreetLiverpool Lime Street1
Abbey Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Watford Junction – St Albans Abbey43
  • Watford North, Garston, Bricket Wood, How Wood, Park Street
  • runs roughly every 45 minutes
350
Marston Vale Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
BletchleyBedford1
  • Fenny Stratford, Bow Brickhill, Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Ridgmont, Lidlington, Millbrook, Stewartby, Kempston Hardwick, Bedford St Johns
  • Train services run roughly every 2-hours during the day, supplemented with a rail-replacement bus service in the other hours. The bus service consists of two services: an all-stops service, and a service that skips Fenny Stratford, Aspley Guise, Millbrook and Kempston Hardwick
  • 230
  • Bus
  1. ^ Wembley Central is served by 2 trains per day - 2 early morning services towards London and 2 late night services towards Tring, except Saturdays, when it is served hourly
  2. ^ There are no Monday-Saturday direct daytime trains northbound between Tring and Cheddington. Passengers wishing to make this journey must double-back via Bletchley or Berkhamsted
  3. ^ Marston Green is served by most trains. Local West Midlands Railway services also call throughout the day.
  4. ^ Polesworth served by one train per day, northbound-only
  5. ^ Longport is served every 2-3 hours. There is no Sunday service
  6. ^ Acton Bridge is served most hours, but there are some 2-hour gaps in service

Sunday services are similar however:

  • London Euston - Tring services do not run with the local calls picked up by the hourly London Euston - Milton Keynes Central service.
  • Services have an amended calling pattern between Coventry and Birmingham New Street with some trains picking up local calls between Birmingham International and Birmingham New Street instead of calling at the local stations between Coventry and Birmingham International.
  • Northampton - London Euston services run hourly calling at all the stations which they usually serve, call additionally at Harrow and Wealdstone southbound and do not call at Tring.
  • London Euston - Birmingham New Street services call additionally Bletchley and Leighton Buzzard towards London.
  • There is no service at Wembley Central or Longport.
  • Direct services run between Tring and Cheddington in both directions throughout the day.
  • Services start later with a limited service running in the morning.
  • Arrival and departure times at stations are usually different to the times of services on weekdays.

Early morning and late night services have amended calling patterns and usually call at most stations.

West Midlands Railway services

In the West Midlands region, WMT's train services are operated under the West Midlands Railway brand. These services include:[21]

  • services through Birmingham;
  • the Leamington to Coventry and Coventry to Nuneaton branch lines.

Services on the short Stourbridge Town branch line are run by the open access operator Pre Metro Operations, who operate services on behalf of WMT under the West Midlands Railway brand name.

As of May 2021, the typical off-peak Monday - Saturday West Midlands Railway service pattern, with frequencies in trains per hour (tph), includes: [23]

Birmingham – Shrewsbury
RoutetphCalling atStock
Birmingham New StreetShrewsbury1
  • Sandwell & Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bilbrook, Codsall, Albrighton, Cosford, Shifnal, Telford Central, Oakengates, Wellington
170
Malvern Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Birmingham New StreetHereford1
  • University, Barnt Green (Limited service), Bromsgrove, Droitwich Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill (Limited service), Worcester Foregate Street, Malvern Link, Great Malvern, Colwall, Ledbury
Cross-City Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Lichfield Trent ValleyBromsgrove2
  • Lichfield City, Shenstone, Blake Street, Butlers Lane, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green (1tph)
323
Four OaksRedditch2
  • Sutton Coldfield, Wylde Green, Chester Road, Erdington, Gravelly Hill, Aston, Duddeston, Birmingham New Street, Five Ways, University, Selly Oak, Bournville, Kings Norton, Northfield, Longbridge, Barnt Green, Alvechurch
Chase Line & West Coast Main Line
RoutetphCalling atStock
Birmingham InternationalBirmingham New Street1
  • Marston Green, Lea Hall, Stechford
350
Birmingham New StreetRugeley Trent Valley1
  • Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium (Irregular), Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
Birmingham InternationalRugeley Trent Valley1
  • Marston Green, Lea Hall, Stechford, Adderley Park, Birmingham New Street, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium, Walsall, Bloxwich, Bloxwich North, Landywood, Cannock, Hednesford, Rugeley Town
WolverhamptonBirmingham New Street1
  • Coseley, Tipton, Dudley Port, Sandwell and Dudley, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Smethwick Rolfe Street
Birmingham New StreetWalsall1
  • Duddeston, Aston, Witton, Perry Barr (Closed for refurbishment - services resume in May 2022), Hamstead, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium
Wolverhampton – Walsall1
  • Coseley, Tipton, Dudley Port, Sandwell and Dudley, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Smethwick Rolfe Street, Birmingham New Street, Duddeston, Aston, Witton, Perry Barr (Closed for refurbishment - services resume in May 2022), Hamstead, Tame Bridge Parkway, Bescot Stadium
Snow Hill lines
RoutetphCalling atStock
Stratford-upon-AvonKidderminster1
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Bearley (2 trains Kidderminster-bound, 2 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Claverdon (2 trains Kidderminster-bound, 2 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Lapworth (1 train Kidderminster-bound, 5 trains Stratford-upon-Avon-bound), Dorridge, Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Kidderminster-bound only), Small Heath (Kidderminster-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown
172
1
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway, Wilmcote, Wootton Wawen,[a] Henley-in-Arden, Danzey,[a] Wood End,[a] The Lakes,[a] Earlswood, Wythall, Whitlocks End, Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Kidderminster-bound only), Small Heath (Kidderminster-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Langley Green, Rowley Regis, Old Hill, Cradley Heath, Lye, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown
Whitlocks EndWorcester Foregate Street1
  • Shirley, Yardley Wood, Hall Green, Spring Road, Tyseley (Whitlocks End-bound only), Small Heath (Whitlocks End-bound only), Bordesley (1 train per week Worcester-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley (Irregular), Blakedown (Irregular), Kidderminster, Hartlebury (Irregular), Droitwich Spa, Worcester Shrub Hill (Irregular)
DorridgeWorcester Foregate Street[b]1
  • Widney Manor, Solihull, Olton, Acocks Green, Tyseley (Dorridge-bound only), Small Heath (Dorridge-bound only), Birmingham Moor Street, Birmingham Snow Hill, Jewellery Quarter, The Hawthorns, Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Cradley Heath, Stourbridge Junction, Hagley, Blakedown (Irregular), Kidderminster, Hartlebury, Droitwich Spa
Branch lines
RoutetphCalling atStock
Stourbridge JunctionStourbridge Town6Shuttle139
Leamington SpaNuneaton1
  • Kenilworth, Coventry, Coventry Arena, Bedworth, Bermuda Park
  • Trains run every 2 hours, with service in the other hour provided by 2 rail-replacement bus services - one departs before the train would normally depart and one after the train would usually depart.
  • 172
  • Bus
  1. ^ a b c d Request stop
  2. ^ Most services start/terminate at Foregate Street; however some do so at Worcester Shrub Hill instead with some trains serving both stations by running to/from Foregate Street via Shrub Hill, where trains reverse before continuing. Additional services are extended to Great Malvern, calling at Malvern Link.

Sunday services are generally hourly on most routes however:

  • 2 trains per hour run on the Cross city line between Lichfield Trent Valley and Redditch. An hourly service operates between Birmingham New Street and Bromsgrove
  • Services at local stations between Birmingham New Street and Birmingham International are provided by additional calls on London Northwestern Railway services between Birmingham New Street and Northampton
  • On the Snow Hill lines, services operate hourly from Stratford-upon-Avon to Great Malvern via Shirley and do not call at Wood End, Danzey, Langley Green, Old Hill or Lye. An hourly service also operates between Dorridge and Stourbridge Junction which picks up the calls at Langley Green, Old Hill and Lye in the daytime.
  • Services between Leamington Spa and Nuneaton are split at Coventry and run hourly with no rail replacement bus.

Planned changes

Map of the Birmingham & West Midlands rail network (2017)

Planned changes included:[12]

  • extension of the Birmingham to Wolverhampton service to Crewe via Stoke-on-Trent. This will replace the London Euston to Crewe service via Stoke-on-Trent that will operate directly from Stafford to Crewe via the West Coast Main Line.[24] The change of this service has angered councillors in Staffordshire as to the loss of the direct service (although Avanti West Coast will continue to operate a London-bound service through Stoke-on-Trent). The change of service is necessitated by West Midlands Trains increasing the number of carriages up to twelve in peak hours, which makes stopping at Alsager, Stone and Kidsgrove impossible due to the platforms not being long enough to take 12-car trains.[25] West Midlands Rail have since stated these stations will retain a direct service to London taking a slower route via Birmingham and Northampton.[26]
  • reintroduction of calls at Barlaston and therefore closure of Wedgwood. This will mean the end of the long-standing rail replacement bus service. From 10 December 2017, the Stafford – Stoke-on-Trent rail replacement bus was cut back to run only between Stoke-on-Trent and Norton Bridge, via Wedgwood, Barlaston and Stone.
  • reintroduction of calls at Polesworth, refurbishing and reopening both platforms.

Rolling stock

WMT inherited a fleet of Class 139, 150, 153, 170, 172, 319, 323 and 350 units from London Midland, but as the newer units enter service, some will be returned to the leasing companies that own them.[27][28]

Current fleet

Class 139 Parry People Movers

The concept of using the lightweight railcar dates from 2006 when a year-long pilot scheme began on the Stourbridge Town branch line on Sundays, using a Parry People Movers PPM50 unit constructed in 2002 and numbered as 999900 under TOPS.[29] The success of this trial led to the provision of regular services using the technology in the franchise plans for the new West Midlands Franchise. Following the award of the franchise to London Midland, it placed an order for two PPM60 units with Parry People Movers, through Porterbrook. The service itself was operated for London Midland by Pre Metro Operations.[30]

These two units are 139 001 and 139 002, composed of vehicle numbers 39001 and 39002 in the British carriage and wagon numbering and classification system. The vehicles are mechanically similar to 999 900, but are approximately one metre longer. They were intended to start operating on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2008. In January 2009 it was confirmed that 139001 was still undergoing testing at Chasewater Railway and 139002 was still not completed.

Despite the difficulties in the commissioning of the two Class 139 units, London Midland consistently outlined its faith that they would be ready to enter service. In March 2009, it was announced that the first unit had received its passenger certification from Network Rail, allowing it to carry passengers. London Midland stated that they would begin a phased entry into service, starting with weekend operation in April, leading up to a full service by the timetable change in May 2009. Until then, London Midland temporarily returned a Class 153 to operating the branch service. 139 002 officially entered service on 29 March 2009 as part of the type's phased entry. This unit had previously worked in full service, including all-day on Monday 11 May 2009 and previously had worked all morning services during February and March 2009. In May 2009 the first unit, 139 001 was finally delivered to Stourbridge, with 999 900 removed at the same time.[31] Test unit 999 900 had been on the branch line between 2005 and 2009. At the point of introduction, they displaced a single Class 153 DMU that was previously allocated to the branch line. By December 2009, the 200,000th passenger had been carried by the railcars.

Class 170 and 172 DMUs

West Midlands Trains operate a total of 35 two-car and three-car Class 172 units, 27 of which had been ordered by predecessor London Midland, who originally planned for them to enter service by the end of 2010 on services to and from Birmingham Snow Hill, replacing Class 150s. The original 27 sets have revised front ends with end gangways which make the trains look like the Electrostar family of units.

From 1 September 2011, the Class 172s started operating on the Snow Hill Lines with some weekend work from Birmingham – Hereford. When first used in service, the units suffered a fault with engine vibration in the passenger cabin, which has since been rectified.

The units were originally meant to replace all of the Class 150s, however three were retained until 2019 and moved on to Northern after the Class 172/0 and Class 230 units entered service. Between late 2018 and early 2019 West Midlands Railway inherited the London Overground 172/0s to replace the remaining Class 150s and Class 153s operating on the Coventry to Leamington line, the Coventry to Nuneaton line and Birmingham to Hereford. All had entered service by May 2019.

During November and December 2020, the centre vehicles of the Class 170/6 units were removed and transferred to CrossCountry to extend some of their 2-carriage Class 170 units. The Class 170/6 units which remained at West Midlands Trains have been renumbered to reflect them becoming Class 170/5 units, before being moved to East Midlands Railway after the Class 196 units are introduced.[32]

In May 2021, Chiltern Railways' fleet of four Class 172/1s transferred to West Midlands Trains. This transfer means that all of the Class 172 units are operated by West Midlands Trains. The initial sublease contract was until December 2021, the end of Chiltern Railways' franchise agreement, but the units have remained with West Midlands Trains,[33] with Chiltern stating that the 172/1s would not be returning to them.[34]

Class 230 D-Trains

West Midlands Trains are also the first operator of the Class 230, a new class of diesel electric multiple unit that are upcycled London Underground D78 Stock. WMT placed an order for three two-car units, which entered service in April 2019 on the Marston Vale Line.[35]

Class 319, 323, and 350 EMUs

The Class 319, Class 323 and all Class 350/2 units will be replaced by brand new Class 730 units.

Seventeen of the Class 323 units will be transferred to Northern Trains to work with the existing 323 units already in service with them.[36]

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCarriagesNo.Routes operatedBuilt
mphkm/h
Shunting locomotive
08
Shunter1524N/A2Stock movements1952–1962
West Midlands Railway
Parry People Mover139
Parry People Mover 139001 at Stourbridge Junction Railway Station (geograph 6253739).jpg
(c) P L Chadwick, CC BY-SA 2.0
Railcar406412
  • Stourbridge Town branch line
2009
Bombardier Turbostar170/5Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPGDMU100161216
  • Birmingham–Hereford
  • Birmingham–Shrewsbury
  • Snow Hill Lines
  • Shrewsbury-Walsall via Birmingham New Street
West Midlands Trains Class 170-5.png
1999–2000
172/0WMR Class172 at Nuneaton, 6.19.jpg28
  • Birmingham–Hereford
  • Snow Hill Lines
  • Leamington Spa to Nuneaton
West Midlands Trains Class 172-0.png
Chiltern Class 172-1.png



West Midlands Trains Class 172-2.png

West Midlands Trains Class 172-3.png
2010
172/1Birmingham Snow Hill - Chiltern 172102.jpg42011
172/2Class 172 WMR, Moor Street, May19.jpg12
172/3315
323323214 Aston (crop).jpgEMU9014526
  • Redditch–Lichfield Trent Valley
  • Bromsgrove–Lichfield Trent Valley
323 REWORK WMR.png
1992–1996
London Northwestern Railway
Vivarail D-Train230[37]Class 230 at Bedford 2.jpgDMU609723
  • Bedford-Bletchley

Class 230 LNWR.png

2016–2018[nb 1]
319/0
319/2
319/4
Euston - WMT 319216 (London Midland livery).JPGEMU100161415West Coast Main Line services:
  • London EustonTring/Milton Keynes Central
  • London Euston–Northampton

Class 319 London Northwestern Diagram.png

1987–1988
Siemens Desiro350/1350, Northants Loop, Apr19.jpg11017730
  • Abbey Line

West Coast Main Line services:

London Midland Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png LNWR Ex-LM Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png LNWR Class 350-2 3 w-pantograph.png

2004–2014
350/2350232 at Watford Junction.jpg37
350/3Class 350, LNW, Rugby.jpg10
350/4Coventry - WMT 350410 London service.JPG10

Future fleet

In October 2017, details were announced of planned new rolling stock for West Midlands Trains.[28][38][39]

West Midlands Trains has ordered 26 new CAF Civity diesel multiple units (80 carriages) and 81 electric multiple units based on Bombardier Transportation's Aventra platform (333 carriages), giving a total of 107 new trains for the operator.[40]

Class 196 Civity

WMT is to replace its fleet of 23 Class 170/5 and 170/6 Turbostar and eight Class 153 units, which operate on West Midlands Railway services, with 26 new Class 196 Civity units.

The Class 153 units left West Midlands Trains at the end of 2020,[41] and the Class 170 units will move to East Midlands Railway, with the exception of the centre cars of the 170/6s which moved to CrossCountry to lengthen its 170/5s.[42]

Class 730 Aventra

Eighty-one Class 730 Aventras sets are to be purchased.[43] They will be built at Derby Litchurch Lane Works.[44] 36 three-carriage long trains will replace the Class 323 units.[45] 45 five-carriage long trains will replace the Class 319 & Class 350/2 units.

FamilyClassImageTypeTop speedCarriagesNumberRoute(s) to be operatedBuiltIn service
mphkm/h
CAF Civity196/0196101 at Worcester July 2020.jpgDMU100160212
  • Snow Hill lines
  • Birmingham–Shrewsbury
  • Birmingham–Hereford
  • ShrewsburyWalsall via Birmingham New Street
2019–202022[46]
196/1414West Midland Trains Class 196 0.png
West Midland Trains Class 196 1.png
Bombardier Aventra730/0Bombardier Aventra Class 730 EMU.jpgEMU90145336
  • Redditch–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[47]
  • Bromsgrove–Lichfield Trent Valley (WMR)[47]
  • Wolverhampton–Walsall via Birmingham New Street (WMR)
2020–212022
West Midland Trains Class 730 0.png
730/1110177529Electrified LNR suburban services[48]
730/216Long distance LNR services[48]
West Midland Trains Class 730 1 2.png

Past fleet

Former units operated by West Midlands Trains include:

 Family  Class  Image  Type  Carriages  Number  Built Lines served  Withdrawn 
Sprinter150/1Hereford - WMT 150109 (London Midland livery).JPGDMU231985–86
  • Marston Vale Line as LNR
  • Birmingham–Hereford
2019
153Leamington Spa - WMR 153364 Coventry service.JPG181987–88
  • Birmingham–Hereford
  • Snow Hill Lines
2020
Bombardier Turbostar170/5Hereford - WMT 170510 on the way to Birmingham New Street.JPG211999–2000
  • Birmingham–Hereford
  • Birmingham–Shrewsbury
  • Snow Hill Lines
  • Shrewsbury-Walsall via Birmingham New Street
2021
170/636

Notes

  1. ^ Operated by London Northwestern Railway
  2. ^ Operated by West Midlands Railway
  1. ^ Converted from London Underground D78 Stock originally built between 1979 and 1983.

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East Japan Railway Company's Logo.
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Class 319 London Northwestern Diagram updated from Feathers44's London Midland image. I have added custom LNWR logos made by myself.
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323 WMR
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Central Japan Railway Company's Logo.
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Shikoku Railway Company's Logo.
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LNWR Class 350/2 and 350/3
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Kyushu Railway Company's Logo.
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170510 heads out of Hereford with a West Midlands Railway service to Birmingham New Street.
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A Class 230 DEMU at Bedford Midland station.
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JR group's Logo.
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Single-car 153364 gets ready to leave Leamington Spa as a West Midlands Railway service to Coventry.
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West Midland Trains Class 196/1
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A diagram of the Class 230 in London Northwestern Railway livery.
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West Midland Trains Class 196/0
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Japan Freight Railway Company's Logo.
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150109 stands at Hereford, ready to return to Birmingham New Street with a West Midlands Railway service.
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172102 stands at the head of a Chilten Railways' service soon to leave Birmingham Snow Hill station for London Marylebone.
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West Midlands Railway, Class 172 at Nuneaton station platform 1.
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Railway Information Systems Co.,Ltd.'s Logo.
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Passenger journeys on the West Midlands rail franchise from 2010-11 to 2018-19[1]
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A class 196 (196101) in Worcester on the 23rd July 2020
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West Midlands Trains Class 172/2
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かつて日本国有鉄道で用いられたシンボルマーク、通称「JNRマーク」
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London Northwestern Railway Class 350 EMU on the Northampton Loop, between Long Buckby and Rugby near Kilsby.
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JRTT Symbol Mark
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London Midland Class 350/2 and 350/3
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Parry People Mover 139001 at Stourbridge Junction Railway Station
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former Railway Telecom (JR Telecom)'s Logo.
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Route map of West Midlands trains showing the lines of both London Northwestern Railway and West Midlands Railway services in central England, UK
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West Midlands Railway Class 172 at Moor Street station
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West Midlands Trains Class 172/0
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Class 350 of London Northwestern Railway at Rugby.
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Hokkaido Railway Company's Logo.
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350232 at Watford Junction, working a service to the capital's London Euston station.
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West Japan Railway Company's Logo.
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Homeward-bound commuters board London Northwestern railway's 319216 at London's Euston station.
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West Midlands Trains Class 172/3
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Railway Technical Research Institute's Logo.
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West Midland Trains Class 730/0
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Chiltern Class 172/1
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West Midlands Railway Class 323 No. 323214 at Aston
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Pictured is a new Class 730/0 (730002) for West Midlands Trains that will operate on the Cross City Line, replacing the existing Class 323 EMU units. In March 2021, 730002 began testing and accumulating miles on the routes that all variants of this train will operate on, including the outer-suburban and long distance routes that the 5 car 730/1 and 730/2 units that will serve the London Northwestern Railway sub-brand of West Midlands Trains.
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London North Western Class 350/1 with London Midland window wrapping
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A Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston 'slow' service arrives at Coventry. 'Desiro' 350410 has recently been released from the TransPennine Express franchise and now carries London Northwestern livery.
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West Midland Trains Class 730/1 and /2
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West Midlands Trains Class 170/5