Class 158

The Class 158’s have become one of the most important part of the semi-fast and inter-regional services of the UK passenger network, operating a variety of local and intercity trains pretty much across the entire length and breadth of the country.

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Departing Peterborough with the 1R98 Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street is East Midlands Trains Class 158, 158862.

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Arriving at Peterborough with the  1L11 Liverpool Lime Street to Norwich is East Midlands Trains Class 158, 158780.

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Reversing at Bristol Temple Meads with a service from Portsmouth Harbour to Cardiff Central is First Great Western Class 158, 158950.

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Arriving at Birmingham New Street with the 1J15 Birmingham New Street to Aberystwyth & Pwllheli is Arriva Trains Wales Class 158, 158833, and an unidentified Classmate.

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Working the 1F17 from Cardiff Central to Portsmouth Harbour is First Great Western Class 158, 158955. To increase capacity on this busy route, FGW has created 3-car sets by placing former driving cars as intermediate trailers.

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Seen departing Exeter St Davids with the 1L94 to Axminster is Southwest Trains Class 158, 158884.

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Operating one of the longest Class 158 journeys is Arriva Trains Wales’ 158827 and a fellow classmate, operating the 1G25 Aberystwyth to Birmingham International.

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Departing Peterborough with the 1R98 Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street is East Midlands Trains Class 158, 158847.

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Hurrying through Cosford with a Birmingham to Pwllheli and Aberystwyth service are Arriva Trains Wales Class 158’s, 158822 and 158819. At Machynlleth, the train divides and continues separately to the two towns on the Welsh Coast, with one unit travelling the half-hour journey to Aberystwyth, whilst the other winds its way through the Welsh Valleys before reaching Pwllheli 2 hours and 10 minutes later, but only covering a distance of 57 miles!

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Seeing out the day in one of the sidings is First Great Western Class 158, 158959.