WCML 321's no more, Feb 2016


A little bit of local railway history in February 2016 with 321415 running ECS from

Wolverton to Doncaster via the NLL. This ends WCML class 321 action locally after

the first runs in July 89 after almost 27 years of service.

However all is not totally lost as the likes of 321411 now a three car 320411

may soon be screaming on the WCML again, albeit to the likes of Lanark and Motherwell.


WCML 321’4’s... where are they now.


Back in 2009 321401-410 and 321418-437 were stood down as WCML units with many going to Eastleigh for storage and refurbishment before re-entering service in 2010 as below.


321401-321410, 321418-420 - Operate out of Kings X for First, now Great Northern/Govia Thameslink.


321421-437 - Operate out of Liverpool St all across the now Abellio Greater Anglia network


321411 - On Doncaster Works from July 2015, reformed as a 3 car unit, complete with "PRM toilet" (no track dumps). Renumbered 320411 and transferred to Shields (Glasgow) via ECML and Carstairs on January 20th 2016.


321412 - On Doncaster Works from Oct 2015, reformed as a 3 car unit, complete with "PRM toilet" (no track dumps). Renumbered 320412 and transferred to Shields (Glasgow) via ECML and Carstairs on March 2nd 2016.


321413 - Transferred Northampton - Ilford Sep 21st 2015 and quickly used by LOROL on their Romford - Upminster service. Went off lease from LOROL in Feb 2016, transferred Ilford - Doncaster for future 320'4 conversion March 11th 2016


321414 - Transferred Northampton - Ilford Sep 20th 2015 on loan to LOROL. Unit repainted in white TfL livery and has been a regular on Romford - Upminster services to date.


321415 - Finally transferred Wolverton - Doncaster via NLL under power on February 4th 2016.


321416 - On Doncaster Works from Oct 2015.


321417 - Transferred Wolverton - Ilford on December 24th 2015 and loaned from LOROL to Abellio Greater Anglia from Jan 2016. Still in LM livery 321417 a sample working saw the unit work to Southend Victoria in the evening peak on January 7th 2016.


The next few weeks/months will see reformed, refurbished "PRM toilet"  3 car 320413-417 head North for their new careers North of the border. The spare trailers future remains uncertain.   


321'4 phot spot



    251115321402r.jpg  321402 with 321406 at the blocks at Kings X prior to working the 1758 to Welwyn on 241115


290915321413r.jpg Not long after working her final LM turns 321413 arrives at Romford with a service from Upminster on 290915


180316321414r.jpg Yet another livery for a 321! TfL liveried 321414 at Upminster on an afternoon Romford service on 170316


040216321415r.jpg Probably a farewell WCML run locally for the class. 321415 passes Ledburn on a Wolverton - Doncaster emcars turn on 040216


140116321417r.jpg Thanks to "Red Cow" for this rare view of an LM liveried unit Southend bound on the 1754 departure from the Street on 070116. Obviously she is paired up with former WCML 321417!


Link to our popular WCML 321 local finale from Sep 2015


Link to our equally popular WCML 321 units remembered archive data feature


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