Class 175

Built specially for the longer distance rural routes of Wales and northwest England, the Class 175’s are a peculiar beast, but one that continues to provide the Welsh rail system with a vital piece of its InterCity service.

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Not a particularly common visitor, Arriva Trains Wales Class 175, 175002, is seen at Birmingham New Street working a train from Birmingham International to Chester. Usually, Arriva’s operations between Birmingham International and locations in Wales consist of paired Class 158’s, although some early morning and weekend diagrams are placed into the operation of spare Class 175’s based at Chester.