Class 156 (Metro-Cammell Provincial Sector 2-Car)

The Class 156 was the largest class of "Super Sprinter" built for the Regional Railways arm of British Rail. The units replaced first generation DMUs and loco hauled trains. The Class 156 has a low-density layout [1] designed for outer suburban and regional routes, it is similar to the Class 153 and 155 DMUs with much of the same equipment [2].

Information
Number built: 228 (114 2-car sets)
Built: 1987-89
Builder: Metro Cammell
Engine: Cummins NT855R5 diesel per car
Power: 520 hp (426 kW)
Formation: Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL)+Driving Motor Standard (DMS)

They are currently operated by East Midlands Trains, ScotRail, Greater Anglia and Northern. They have also been operated by a number of earlier companies including Central Trains and originally British Rail of course. They are among the most reliable trains in service today.


British Rail considered converting some Class 156s to single-car DMUs as the Class 152 for branch lines but in the end Class 155s were converted instead to form the Class 153.
EMT 156 404 at Leicester

Northern 156 426 at Liverpool Lime Street

EMT 156 408 at Ambergate

Northern 156 455 (and 142 021) at Liverpool Lime Street

EMT 156 410 at Whatstandwell

EMT 156 470 at Derby
[1] Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition Guide (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 138
[2] Brian Haresnape, Diesel Multiple Units: The Second Generation & DEMUs (Ian Allan, 1986) p. 79