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Abellio ScotRail (Scottish Gaelic: Rèile na h-Alba),[1] operating services under the name ScotRail, is the Dutch-owned national train operating company of Scotland. A subsidiary of Abellio, it has operated the ScotRail franchise, taking over from predecessor First ScotRail from 1 April 2015. The franchise will end in 2025.

ScotRail
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Overview
Franchise(s)ScotRail
1 April 2015 – 31 March 2025
Main Region(s)Scotland
Other Region(s)Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear
Stations operated352
National Rail abbreviationSR
Parent companyAbellio
Websitewww.scotrail.co.uk

HistoryEdit

In November 2013, Transport Scotland announced that Abellio, Arriva, FirstGroup, MTR Corporation and National Express had been shortlisted to bid for the new ScotRail franchise.[2] In October 2014, the franchise was awarded to Abellio.[3][4][5] The franchise will operate for 7 years with a 3-year extension available contingent on performance criteria being met.[4] Abellio began operating the franchise on 1 April 2015 and it opened the Borders Railway on 6 September 2015.[6]

In June 2016, the RMT union announced that train guards would be going on strike several times during the summer months in protest at more driver only trains.[7] Six 24-hour and three 48-hour strikes were held on ScotRail services during June and July 2016. An agreement was reached in September 2016, bringing an end to the dispute. It was agreed that the new Class 385 trains will have the doors controlled by both the driver and guard, with the driver opening the doors and the guard closing them.[8]

On 20 January 2017 the Managing Director of ScotRail and the ScotRail alliance stepped down from his role after 18 months in the company.[9] Within a few days Alex Hynes was named as the new Managing Director.[10]

OperationsEdit

ServicesEdit

 
ScotRail routes highlighted in red

Abellio ScotRail took over all of the services operated by First ScotRail on 1 April 2015, except for the Caledonian Sleeper services, which were transferred to a separate franchise operated by Serco.[11] The franchise agreement requires the introduction of 'Great Scottish Scenic Railway' trains on the West Highland, Far North, Kyle, Borders Railway and Glasgow South Western lines. Steam special services are also promoted by Abellio ScotRail.[12][13]

Current off-peak services are as follows.[14]

Central Belt UrbanEdit

Argyle Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Milngavie to Motherwell 1 Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central and Airbles 318, 320, 334
Milngavie to Cumbernauld 1 Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Airbles, Motherwell, Whifflet, Coatbridge Central and Greenfaulds
Dalmuir to Larkhall 2 Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Cambuslang, Newton, Blantyre, Hamilton West, Hamilton Central, Chatelherault and Merryton
Dalmuir to Whifflet 1 Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie and Kirkwood
Dalmuir to Motherwell 1 Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Exhibition Centre, Anderston, Glasgow Central, Argyle Street, Bridgeton, Dalmarnock, Rutherglen, Carmyle, Mount Vernon, Baillieston, Bargeddie, Kirkwood and Whifflet
North Clyde Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Helensburgh Central to Edinburgh Waverley 2 Craigendoran, Cardross, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Coatdyke, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket 334
Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley 2 Hillfoot, Bearsden, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Coatbridge Sunnyside, Airdrie, Drumgelloch, Caldercruix, Blackridge, Armadale, Bathgate, Livingston North, Uphall, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket
Balloch to Airdrie 2 Alexandria, Renton, Dalreoch, Dumbarton Central, Dumbarton East, Dalmuir, Singer, Drumry, Drumchapel, Westerton, Anniesland, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Carntyne, Shettleston, Garrowhill, Easterhouse, Blairhill, Coatbridge Sunnyside and Coatdyke 318, 320, 334
Dumbarton Central to Springburn 2 Dumbarton East, Bowling, Kilpatrick, Dalmuir, Clydebank, Yoker, Garscadden, Scotstounhill, Jordanhill, Hyndland, Partick, Charing Cross, Glasgow Queen Street, High Street, Bellgrove, Duke Street, Alexandra Parade and Barnhill
Cumbernauld and Maryhill Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley 2 Springburn, Stepps, Gartcosh, Greenfaulds, Cumbernauld, Camelon, Falkirk Grahamston, Polmont, Linlithgow, Edinburgh Park and Haymarket
On Sundays, runs between Glasgow Queen Street and Cumbernauld only
385
Glasgow Queen Street to Anniesland 2 Ashfield, Possilpark & Parkhouse, Gilshochill, Summerston, Maryhill and Kelvindale 156, 158, 170
Cathcart Circle Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Newton 1 Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Kings Park, Croftfoot, Burnside and Kirkhill 314, 318, 320, 380, 385
1 Pollokshields West, Maxwell Park, Shawlands, Pollokshaws East, Langside, Kings Park, Croftfoot, Burnside and Kirkhill
Glasgow Central to Neilston 2 Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida, Cathcart, Muirend, Williamwood, Whitecraigs and Patterton
Glasgow Central to Glasgow Central via Cathcart 1 Pollokshields East, Queens Park, Crosshill, Mount Florida
trains continue via Cathcart (see below)
1 Pollokshields West, Maxwell Park, Shawlands, Pollokshaws East, Langside, Cathcart
trains continue via Mount Florida (see above)
Paisley Canal Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal 2 Dumbreck, Corkerhill, Mosspark, Crookston and Hawkhead
1ph runs on Sundays
314, 318, 320, 380, 385
Shotts and Lanark Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley 1 Bellshill, Shotts, West Calder, Livingston South and Haymarket 385
1 Uddingston, Bellshill, Holytown, Carfin, Hartwood, Shotts, Fauldhouse, Breich, Addiewell, West Calder, Livingston South, Kirknewton, Curriehill, Wester Hailes, Kingsknowe, Slateford and Haymarket
Glasgow Central to Lanark 2 Cambuslang, Uddingston, Bellshill, Motherwell, Shieldmuir, Wishaw and Carluke 318, 320, 385
Inverclyde Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Gourock 2 Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda 314, 318, 320, 380, 385
2 Cardonald, Hillington East, Hillington West, Paisley Gilmour Street, Paisley St James, Bishopton, Langbank, Woodhall, Port Glasgow, Bogston, Cartsdyke, Greenock Central, Greenock West and Fort Matilda
Glasgow Central to Wemyss Bay 1 Paisley Gilmour Street, Bishopton, Port Glasgow, Whinhill, Drumfrochar, Branchton and Inverkip
Ayrshire Coast Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Ayr 2 Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie (1tph), Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr (1tph) 380
2 Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Milliken Park, Howwood, Lochwinnoch, Glengarnock, Dalry, Kilwinning, Irvine, Barassie, Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town and Newton-on-Ayr
Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour 1 Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Dalry, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach and Ardrossan Town
Glasgow Central to Largs 1 Paisley Gilmour Street, Johnstone, Glengarnock, Kilwinning, Stevenston, Saltcoats, Ardrossan South Beach, West Kilbride and Fairlie
Glasgow South Western Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to East Kilbride 2 Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Thornliebank, Giffnock, Clarkston, Busby, Thorntonhall (1tph) and Hairmyres 156
Glasgow Central to Barrhead 2 Crossmyloof, Pollokshaws West, Kennishead, Priesthill & Darnley and Nitshill
Carstairs and North Berwick Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Edinburgh Waverley 12 Motherwell, Wishaw, Carluke, Carstairs and Haymarket
is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
170, 380, 385
Edinburgh Waverley to Dunbar 12 Musselburgh
is supplemented by CrossCountry rail services running alternate hours. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
Edinburgh Waverley to North Berwick 1 Musselburgh, Wallyford, Prestonpans, Longniddry and Drem
2 trains per hour on Saturdays
Croy & Dunblane Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Queen Street to Alloa 1 Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert, Stirling 385
Glasgow Queen Street to Dunblane 1 Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Croy, Larbert, Stirling, Bridge of Allan
Edinburgh Waverley to Dunblane 2 Haymarket, Edinburgh Park, Falkirk Grahamston, Camelon, Larbert, Stirling and Bridge of Allan
A daily service on weekdays runs between Edinburgh and Alloa
Borders Railway
Route tph Calling at Stock
Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank 2 Brunstane, Newcraighall, Shawfair, Eskbank, Newtongrange, Gorebridge, Stow (1tph) and Galashiels
1tph on Sundays
158, 170
Fife Circle Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Edinburgh Waverley to Glenrothes with Thornton 1 Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn and Kirkcaldy 158, 170
Edinburgh Waverley to Edinburgh Waverley via Fife 1 Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Dalgety Bay, Aberdour, Burntisland, Kinghorn, Kirkcaldy
trains continue via Glenthroes
68, 158, 170
1 Haymarket, Edinburgh Gatway, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret, Cowdenbeath, Lochgelly, Cardenden, Glenrothes with Thornton
trains continue via Kirkcaldy
Edinburgh Waverley to Cowdenbeath 1 Haymarket, South Gyle, Dalmeny, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing, Rosyth, Dunfermline Town, Dunfermline Queen Margaret 158, 170

InterCity and RuralEdit

Glasgow - Falkirk - Edinburgh Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley 2 Croy, Falkirk High, Haymarket 385
2 Falkirk High, Polmont, Linlithgow, Haymarket
Glasgow - / Edinburgh - Aberdeen Lines
Route tph Calling at Stock
Edinburgh Waverley to Arbroath 1 Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank, Cupar, Leuchars, Dundee, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Carnoustie 43 (HST), 170
Edinburgh Waverley to Aberdeen 1 Haymarket, Cupar (infrequent), Leuchars, Dundee, Arbroath, Montrose (about every two hours), Laurencekirk (infrequent), Stonehaven
does not run hours when LNER services run to Aberdeen
Glasgow Queen Street to Aberdeen 1 Stirling, Dunblane (infrequent), Gleneagles (infrequent), Perth, Dundee, Broughty Ferry (infrequent), Carnoustie (about every two hours), Arbroath, Montrose, Laurencekirk (about every two hours), Stonehaven (about every two hours), Portlethen (infrequent)
stopping pattern is irregular
Glasgow - Inverness Line
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Glasgow Queen Street to Inverness 5 Larbert (1tpd), Stirling, Dunblane, Gleneagles (2tpd), Perth, Dunkeld & Birnam, Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (2tpd), Newtonmore (3tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (3tpd) 43 (HST), 170
Edinburgh - Inverness Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Edinburgh Waverley to Perth and Inverness 1 Haymarket, Edinburgh Gateway, Inverkeithing, Kirkcaldy, Markinch, Ladybank
5 trains per day extend to Inverness, calling at Dunkeld & Birnam (3tpd), Pitlochry, Blair Atholl (4tpd), Dalwhinnie (4tpd), Newtonmore (2tpd), Kingussie, Aviemore and Carrbridge (2tpd)
43 (HST), 170
Glasgow South Western Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Glasgow Central to Kilmarnock 32 Barrhead, Dunlop, Stewarton and Kilmaurs
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 2 trains per hour Glasgow-Kilmarnock
156
Glasgow Central to Carlisle 12 Dunlop, Stewarton, Kilmaurs, Kilmarnock, Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar, Dumfries, Annan and Gretna Green
2 trains per day only go as far as Dumfries and 1 only goes as far as New Cumnock.
Dumfries to Carlisle 12 Annan, Gretna Green
combines with every-two-hours Glasgow-Carlisle service to give 1 train per hour Dumfries-Carlisle. 1 train per day to/from Dumfries is operated by Northern using their own Class 156s.
Kilmarnock to Stranraer 12 Troon, Prestwick International Airport, Prestwick Town, Ayr, Maybole, Girvan, Barrhill
4 trains per day extend from Glasgow Central, 2 trains per day extend to Glasgow Central. This service doesn't operate on Sundays.
Ayr to Girvan 12 Maybole
combines with hourly Glasgow/Kilmarnock - Stranraer service to give 1 train per hour Ayr-Girvan
Inverness - Aberdeen Line
Route tph Calling at Stock
Inverness to Aberdeen 12 Nairn, Forres, Elgin, Keith, Huntly, Insch, Inverurie, Dyce 43 (HST), 158
West Highland Line
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Glasgow Queen Street to Oban 3 Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry 156
Glasgow Queen Street to Oban 4 Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Tyndrum Lower, Dalmally, Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry
trains run linked to a Fort William/Mallaig portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich
Glasgow Queen Street to Fort William (and Mallaig) Dalmuir, Dumbarton Central, Helensburgh Upper, Garelochhead, Arrochar & Tarbet, Ardlui, Crianlarich, Upper Tyndrum, Bridge of Orchy, Rannoch, Corrour, Tulloch, Roy Bridge and Spean Bridge
3tpd extend to Mallaig, calling at Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar
trains run linked to an Oban portion between Glasgow and Crianlarich
Fort William to Mallaig 1 Banavie, Corpach, Loch Eil Outward Bound, Locheilside, Glenfinnan, Lochailort, Beasdale, Arisaig, Morar
Dalmally to Oban 1 Loch Awe, Taynuilt and Connel Ferry
Far North & Kyle of Lochalsh Lines
Route tpd Calling at Stock
Inverness to Dingwall 5 Beauly, Muir of Ord and Conon Bridge
1tpd extended to Invergordon, calling at Alness. 2tpd extended to Tain calling at Alness, Invergordon and Fearn. 1tpd extended to Ardgay calling at Alness, Invergordon, Fearn and Tain.
158
Inverness to Kyle of Lochalsh 4 Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Garve, Lochluichart, Achanalt, Achnasheen, Achnashellach, Strathcarron, Attadale, Stromeferry, Duncraig, Plockton and Duirinish
Inverness to Wick 4 Beauly, Muir of Ord, Conon Bridge, Dingwall, Alness, Invergordon, Fearn, Tain, Ardgay, Culrain, Invershin, Lairg, Rogart, Golspie, Dunrobin Castle, Brora, Helmsdale, Kildonan, Kinbrace, Forsinard, Altnabreac, Scotscalder, Georgemas Junction (trains reverse) Thurso (trains reverse), and Georgemas Junction

StationsEdit

Abellio ScotRail operates 352 stations in Scotland.[15] Not included are Glasgow Prestwick Airport station, owned and operated by the airport,[16] as well as both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Central, which are managed by Network Rail.[17] Abellio ScotRail operates Lockerbie even though none of its services call there. It also took over management of Dunbar, previously operated by Virgin Trains East Coast, in June 2015.[18]

DepotsEdit

Abellio ScotRail's fleet is maintained at Edinburgh Haymarket, Glasgow Eastfield, Glasgow Shields Road, Corkerhill Glasgow Yoker, Ayr Townhead, Bathgate and Inverness as well as a newly built EMU stabling depot at Millerhill in Midlothian.

Rolling stockEdit

Abellio ScotRail operates a diverse fleet of DMUs, EMUs and loco-hauled stock. From Sunday 10 December 2017, Class 380 EMUs were introduced onto services between Glasgow and Edinburgh via Falkirk High (also serving Croy, Polmont, Linlithgow and Haymarket). This was the first step in creating an entirely electric service between the two cities which is now expected to start in October 2018 with Class 385 EMUs, which should have entered service in December 2017, but have been delayed due to a windscreen fault. Abellio ScotRail began operations with the rolling stock below, mainly transferred from First ScotRail:[19][20]

Current fleetEdit

Trainset Class Image Type Top speed Number Cars Routes Built Notes
mph km/h
Shunting locomotive
08[citation needed]   Shunter 15 24 2 N/A Stock movements at Inverness TMD 1952–62
Inter-City
InterCity 125 43   Diesel locomotive 125 201 54 N/A Edinburgh to Aberdeen
Glasgow to Aberdeen
Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness
Inverness to Aberdeen
1975–82 Operates under the brand Inter7City
Some sets operating with unrefurbished stock in First Great Western/GWR debranded livery.
Carriage Mark 3   Passenger carriage 121 4&5
Locomotive hauled stock
68   Diesel Locomotive 100 160 2 N/A Fife Circle Line 2013–14 On hire from DRS
Carriage Mark 2   Passenger Carriage 12 6 1973–75
Diesel multiple units
Super Sprinter 156   DMU 75 121 43 2 Glasgow South Western Line, Maryhill Line, West Highland Line 1987–89 Some units borrowed to Northern
Express Sprinter 158/0   90 145 40 Aberdeen-Inverness Line, Borders Railway, Far North Line, Fife Circle Line, Glasgow/Edinburgh to Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh line, Maryhill Line 1989–92
Turbostar 170/3 & 170/4   100 161 39 3 Aberdeen-Inverness Line, Borders Railway, Edinburgh to Aberdeen Line, Fife Circle Line, Maryhill Line, North Berwick Line (Peak times) 2004 5 units are going to be transferred to East Midlands Railway by the end of 2019
  1999–2001
2003–05
Electric multiple units
314   EMU 70 113 7 3 Ayrshire Coast Line (Peak times), Cathcart Circle Lines, Inverclyde Line, Paisley Canal Line 1979 To be withdrawn by December 2019
318   90 145 21 North Clyde Line, Whifflet Line, Cumbernauld Line, Inverclyde Line, Paisley Canal Line, Argyle Line, Cathcart Circle Lines, Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell 1985–86
320/3 & 320/4   22 1990 12 of these 34 units are Class 320/4s
  100 161 12 1989–90
Juniper 334   90 145 40 North Clyde Line, Helensburgh Central/ Balloch/ Milngavie to Edinburgh Waverley Argyle Line 1999–2002
Desiro 380/0 & 380/1   100 161 22 Ayrshire Coast Line, Paisley Canal Line, Inverclyde Line
Cathcart Circle Lines
North Berwick and Dunbar services (Until enough Class 385 in service)
2009–11
  16 4
AT200 385/0 & 385/1  
 
46 3 Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
Glasgow and Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar
Glasgow and Edinburgh to Dunblane and Alloa
Glasgow-Cathcart Circle/Neilston/Newton
Cumbernauld Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Motherwell and Carstairs
Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts
Inverclyde Line
2015–19 Due to replace the Class 314s in 2019
24 4

Future fleetEdit

Abellio ScotRail has mentioned the following as part of the future rolling stock.

Trainset Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Into Service Built Routes
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
Super Sprinter 153   DMU 75 120 5 1 2019[21] 1987–88 West Highland Line (From 2019)

Kyle Line, Far North Line (From 2020)

Electric multiple units
AT200 385/0   EMU 100 161 10 3 2023 2022–23 Glasgow to Edinburgh via Falkirk Line
Glasgow and Edinburgh to North Berwick/Dunbar
Glasgow and Edinburgh to Dunblane and Alloa
Glasgow-Cathcart Circle/Neilston/Newton
Cumbernauld Line
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Motherwell and Carstairs
Glasgow to Lanark via Motherwell
Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts
Inverclyde Line

Abellio ScotRail were meant to introduce a brand new fleet of 46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 electric trains from December 2017, to operate services on the lines being electrified as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme. However, due to infrastructure problems, and issues with the trains involving software and windscreen issues, their introduction was delayed until September. In the meantime Abellio ScotRail hired 10 Class 365 units from Great Northern; these units entered service in June 2018.[22] If Abellio is granted a three-year optional franchise extension, it will order a further 10 three-car Class 385 units.[23][24]

From October 2018, Abellio ScotRail introduced former GWR HSTs on services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverness, branded as "Inter7City" in reference to Scotland's seven main cities.[25][4][26] The Mark 3 coaches, up to 40 years old, were intended to all have refurbished interiors and are fitted with powered doors. There will be 26 sets: 17 five-car and 9 four-car trains.[25] As with the Class 385's there have been delays getting the refurbished trains into service. As a result, a considerable number have been pressed in to service without refurbishment to allow for others to have refurbishment completed.

This new rolling stock will result in ten Class 156, eight Class 158 and 21 Class 170 sets returning to their leasing companies when their leases expire in 2018.[27] Transport Scotland negotiated to retain an extra 13 Class 170s to support services through Fife to Aberdeen and the Borders railway.[28] Northern will receive five of the 156s, all the 158s and 16 of the 170s.[29]

In June 2018 it was announced that ScotRail will lease 5 Class 153 and reconfigure them to accommodate bikes and other outdoors sports equipment. The Class 153 will be attached to ScotRail Class 156s which will operate the line from Summer 2019 travelling between Glasgow, Oban, Fort William and Mallaig initially, and may eventually be introduced on Northern lines between Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh and Wick.[30]

Past fleetEdit

Former train types operated by ScotRail include:

Trainset Class Image Type Top speed Number Carriages Withdrawn Built Notes
mph km/h
Diesel multiple units
Super Sprinter 156   DMU 75 121 5 2 2019 1987–89 Some units borrowed to Northern
Express Sprinter 158/0   90 145 8 2018 1989–92
Turbostar 170/4   100 161 16 3 2004–05
Electric multiple units
314   EMU 70 113 9 3 2018–19 1979 Replaced by Class 385 and subsequently scrapped
Networker Express 365   100 161 10 4 2019 1994–95 Stored

ReferencesEdit

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External linksEdit

  Media related to Abellio ScotRail at Wikimedia Commons

Preceded by
First ScotRail
Operator of ScotRail franchise
2015 - 2025
Succeeded by
Incumbent