Class 323

Built in conjunction with the Cross-City line in the West Midlands, the Class 323’s are the tool of choice when it comes to the Birmingham commuter network.

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Working its first day under a new flag, West Midlands Railway Class 323, 323221 (in special British Transport Police livery), departs Lichfield Trent Valley with a stopping service to Redditch.

WMR have certainly had a baptism of fire for their first day, but the Cross City Line appears to have been running well in spite of the snow, this train leaving only 2 or 3 minutes late.

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As night falls on the last weekday of London Midland’s existence, we see Class 323, 323210, at the end of its journey to Lichfield Trent Valley, with the surrounding scenery smothered in an ever increasing veil of snow.

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Basking in the glorious autumn sun at Four Oaks is London Midland Class 323, 323203, working the 2N48 Lichfield City to Longbridge.

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London Midland Class 323, 323213, operating a night train to Lichfield Trent Valley.

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Arriving at Sutton Coldfield with a stopping train to Lichfield City is London Midland Class 323, 323213.

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Working the 2U13 Redditch to Four Oaks is London Midland Class 323, 323211.

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Preparing to depart Lichfield Trent Valley with the 2R45 to Redditch is London Midland Class 323, 323215.

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Into the darkness of New Street station this Class 323 goes, where the day turns to night time.

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Approaching Lichfield Trent Valley with the 2P20 service from Redditch are London Midland Class 323’s, 323207 and 323241.

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Arriving into Birmingham New Street with a train to Redditch is London Midland Class 323, 323215.

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Departing Birmingham New Street with the 2U64 Selly Oak to Four Oaks is London Midland Class 323, 323214.

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Basking in the glorious autumn sun at Four Oaks is London Midland Class 323, 3232221, working the 2L42 Longbridge to Lichfield City.

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Seen ambling out from the shadows of Birmingham New Street with the 2U37 from Redditch to Four Oaks is London Midland Class 323, 323214.

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Timing really was on my side, as we catch not one, not two, but three Class 323 units departing and arriving into Birmingham New Street. On the left, London Midland Class 323 number 323206 departs for Lichfield Trent Valley, whilst on the right, 323204 departs with a thankfully late running service from Wolverhampton to Walsall. In the middle, 323208 arrives with a service from Walsall to Wolverhampton.

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Slowing for Shenstone with the 2R13 Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch are London Midland Class 323’s, 323221 and 323207.

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Seen speeding north through Shenstone with a morning semi-fast service to Lichfield Trent Valley are a pair of London Midland Class 323’s led by 323216.

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Working the 2R11 Lichfield Trent Valley to Redditch is London Midland Class 323, 323204, seen making a quick stop at Shenstone.

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Arriving at Birmingham New Street with the 2R65 Four Oaks to Redditch is London Midland Class 323, 323201.