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Farwell tour for the British Rail Class 315 trains

Xfarwell tour for the british rail class 315 trains.

The last of the legacy British Rail Class 315 inherited by the Elizabeth line on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line will be taken out of service next month. As a result, there will be a farewell tour of this less than loved but long-running train on Saturday 26th November – and tickets go on sale today.

The British Rail Class 315 trains were built in 1980/81 based on a 1971 design, and just 53 of the train were built. They were primarily used on the Greater Anglia routes, and when TfL Rail took over services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, it inherited some of the trains.

They have been phased out as Elizabeth line trains were introduced, and the very last of them will be taken out of service shortly.

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The Branch Line Society will be running a charity tour on Saturday 26th November, and tickets will go on sale this evening (17th Oct) at 8:30pm from here .

Pricing details will be announced when tickets go on sale, and there will be morning and afternoon tours available.

All proceeds will be donated to the Railway Children charity.

There is also a Class 315 Preservation Society that will be involved in the day.

The trains will still be in passenger service, probably until early December, if you are unable to attend the ceremonial farewell tour.

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I used them a lot, But am not sad to see them go, in spite of the fact that the seating arrangements in the class 710 are inferior. But … they are still neither as old nor decrepit as the Bakerloo line UndergrounD trains (!)

I miss them, they are the og trains that used almost every livery in essex for 40 years

They may not have air con but at least the seats are comfortable unlike the boards you have to sit on in the Lizzie line trains.

Typo in article title.

They definitely still have that 80s vibe about them, especially the interior. Probably more comfortable though, if the new train’s seats are like Thameslinks’…

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Class 315 Preservation Society

Class 315 Preservation Society

Welcome to the Class 315 Preservation Society

The Class 315 EMU has carried thousands, if not millions of people in and out of London Liverpool Street over it’s expansive career. Our aim is to preserve and restore 315856, so future generations can experience what travel was like at a time before everything contained a computer.

315 farewell tour

You can get involved with the 315 Preservation Society today!

Join our exclusive membership and become apart of the Society.

Donations are accepted and are a fantastic way to help us preserve a part of history.

Do you know a thing or two about railways or rolling stock?. We’d be happy to hear from you regarding volunteer roles within our society.

315 farewell tour

Our ultimate goal is simple! To save, preserve, restore, backdate and operate a Class 315 EMU!

The PEP design of EMU revolutionised the way which commuter trains were thought of. While not everyone would agree that this was for the better, they definitely helped change the way the railways were operated and used. Unfortunately, there have not been many attempts, even less successful ones, to save many full length electric units from the first generation and we do not want to see the second generation suffer the same fate. Just like how the PEPs change commuting, we wish to change preservation, though this time, definitely for the better!

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315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315816 Bethnal Green

315816 on Bethnal green bank up suburban April 1983, courtesy of Keith Ward.

315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315 856 / 37884

The sole surviving class 315 856 , class 37 884 passing Kentish Town station hauling 315 856 , working the 11.04 ilford E.M.U.D – lydney up goods loop for transportation on low loader , 23.12.22 photo LS

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The Lizzy line’s oldest trains are already destined for the scrapheap

They’re being replaced by a newer, shinier model

Imagine hearing about an exciting new railway line running across the capital then turning up to find some dingy-looking 1980s train. Well, you don’t have to, because, on the section of London’s spanking new (and mega-expensive) Elizabeth line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, some of the trains are a whopping 42 years old. These British Rail Class 315 units (as they’re technically called) were a temporary stopgap. The plan was always to scrap them, but more time was needed to get enough newer trains running, so they let the older guys stick around for a bit longer than anticipated.

For the first few months of the Elizabeth line services, the 315 ran at weekday commuter peak hours. Now, however, the newer Class 345 trains are ready and have completely replaced the 315s. They officially decided to retire the remaining 315 cars because of their incompatibility with new signalling systems on the central and Heathrow sections of the Lizzy. Since the Elizabeth line now starts in Paddington, joining the existing route just before Stratford, these trains were sitting idle.   

If you are particularly passionate about trains, as the Class 315 Preservation Society  definitely is, there will be a special farewell tour for the 315 units on Saturday November 26 for £31.50 (see what they did there?). All the proceeds will be going to the Railway Children charity, an organisation helping displaced children find safe accommodation. Which sits well in theme, as the UK’s rail network attracts vulnerable and runaway young people like a magnet, often providing them with somewhere to go in place of home or a safe place to stay.

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  • Start date 11 Oct 2022
  • 11 Oct 2022

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That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now.  

306024

prod_pep said: That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now. Click to expand...
306024 said: On paper at the moment perhaps but a short term alteration can easily change that if necessary. A look at RTT for Sat 26/11/22 shows some 1Z** paths between Liverpool St and Shenfield, the limit of MTR's safety case. Click to expand...
JonathanH said: Some suggestion that there will be a farewell event for the 315s on 26 November, which might indicate when they are likely to be finally withdrawn. View attachment 121996 [Picture shows screenshot from Branch Line Society website with three class 315s pictured and advance notice of a tour on 26 November 2022] Click to expand...
  • 13 Oct 2022

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Class 315 Preservation Society | **SAVE THE DATE** Saturday 26th Novemeber 2022 | Facebook

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**SAVE THE DATE** Saturday 26th Novemeber 2022. Our Friends at MTR have asked us to be involved in something very special!! More details will be announced shortly, meanwhile watch this space. **NB Headboard design is Copyright Class 315 Preservation Society 2019 - 2022. ** Click to expand...

315 farewell tour

There will be tickets available for the morning, afternoon or all day according to the society. Confinement to Shenfield and back is more down to safety matters than anything GA. It should still be a good day despite the limitations. It will be interesting to see how well-attended this event is compared with other recent stock farewells, given this is not the 315s' last day in service. They are continuing beyond 26th November, not that it has stopped the fonts of all knowledge on social media 'officially confirming' the 26th is their last day.  

TheHSRailFan said: (Images by Peter O'Brien) Click to expand...
gmaguire said: What are the two white circular things above the door in the middle? Click to expand...

Kite159

Message from the BLS on another forum is that tickets will go on sale from around 20:30 on Monday. With both the AM & PM option. A bit of a shame the event is only going to be London to Shenfield & back a few times, all be it with some more unusual track thrown in [the connections between the main & 'electric' lines around the Ilford flyover both ways], but anywhere else would require more paperwork and not run on the safety case of MTR. No doubt the tours will be popular with people wanting to say farewell on a nonstop run, who can't make the regular weekday diagram  

  • 15 Oct 2022

D365

TheHSRailFan said: View attachment 122066 (Images by Peter O'Brien) Click to expand...
  • 17 Oct 2022

Booking is now open for the Class 315 farewell on the Branch Line Society's website. It's pricey at £31.50 per morning or afternoon slot, or £63 to do both if you're as mad as me. Compared with the GN 313 farewell at £25 all day, and the 314 send-off, £30 in donations for all three legs, it's a lot to do the same route all day. For those preferring to stick with the regular operations, the last booked day of Class 315s on the full Liverpool Street - Shenfield route is Friday 4th November. From Monday 7th November, the 315s will survive on Liverpool Street High Level - Gidea Park peak time workings, including beyond the farewell tour into December.  

At least you get 2 round trips from Liverpool Street to Shenfield for the money. Add in some more unusual track (does it do the track behind the back of the platform at Manor Park?). I suspect they will sell out, for those wanting to say farewell when the trains won't be super busy like they can get during the peak time runs, plus for the chance of a fast run from London to Shenfield.  

  • 18 Oct 2022
Kite159 said: At least you get 2 round trips from Liverpool Street to Shenfield for the money. Add in some more unusual track (does it do the track behind the back of the platform at Manor Park?). I suspect they will sell out, for those wanting to say farewell when the trains won't be super busy like they can get during the peak time runs, plus for the chance of a fast run from London to Shenfield. Click to expand...
dannyh73 said: Hopefully.. RTT shows a switch from IE to EL lines at Forest Gate Junction rather than Manor Park so fingers crossed! Only ever covered that section of track once on a Southend-Liverpool Street service in the Morning Rush Hour when there was disruption on the Up Main. Click to expand...
306024 said: Line code IE is indeed the code needed to route a train round the back of Manor Park station, and is the much more unusual move. Before Liverpool St resignalling the route was permissive block signalled, which prevented its use for passenger trains. Line code IL will bring you back to the up electric line through the crossover at the foot of Ilford flyover before Manor Park station, and is the one usually used as it is a much faster route. Click to expand...
  • 23 Oct 2022

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This should be a good day out. Good on MTR for giving them a good send off, hopefully I'll get the day off for one last ride.  

rd749249

Hopefully the journey will encompass other areas of the route much less used against the regular service. Liv St LO platforms perhaps, Temple Mills lines, 12a at Stratford and maybe the down avoiding line at the flyover or bi-di before Forest Gate to get to the Electrics. I know that a friendly chat with the signaller can sometimes yield one or two surprise crossovers en-route.  

  • 24 Oct 2022

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Morning Service London Liverpool Street P16 (PU 09.07) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 – Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Shenfield P1 (RM 09.33 – 09.41) – Up Main – Ilford P1 – Up Passenger Avoiding – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (RM 10.10 – 10.25) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 - Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Manor Park P4 - Dn Passenger Avoiding – Dn Electric – Shenfield P4 (RM 11.02 – 11.13) – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (SD 11.55) Afternoon Service London Liverpool Street P16 (PU 14.07) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 – Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Shenfield P1 (RM 14.33 – 14.41) – Up Main – Ilford P1 – Up Passenger Avoiding – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (RM 15.10 – 15.25) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 - Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Manor Park P4 - Dn Passenger Avoiding – Dn Electric – Shenfield P4 (RM 16.02 – 16.13) – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (SD 16.55) Click to expand...
  • 28 Oct 2022

Looks like a good day out. A few years ago, on several Sundays, they ran non-stop from Gidea Park to Shenfield and terminated in platform 1. More recently I have done several fairly rare moves around Stratford, Ilford and Seven Kings.  

  • 13 Nov 2022

MatthewRead

This tour needs to be postponed by a week because of the aslef strike see https://aslef.org.uk/publications/aslef-announces-another-day-strike-action . Otherwise those who have booked tickets may no be able to make the tour because there aren't any trains!  

MatthewRead said: This tour needs to be postponed by a week because of the aslef strike see https://aslef.org.uk/publications/aslef-announces-another-day-strike-action . Otherwise those who have booked tickets may no be able to make the tour because there aren't any trains! Click to expand...
306024 said: And some people may have already made arrangements to stay in the area, or not be able to make the following week. The tour goes ahead as planned. Click to expand...

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A Final Farewell To The British Rail Class 315

by Rail Tags | Nov 27, 2022

Most of the time, when a piece of rolling stock gets phased out it usually is followed by a farewell rail tour. These events often give enthusiasts one final time to fully appreciate a train for what it is before they are often lost to time.

Thankfully, the Class 315s got to celebrate the end of their life with just that around 2-3 weeks before their final run.

On Saturday the 26th of November 2022 The Branch Line Society, along with MTR Elizabeth Line and The Class 315 Preservation Society hosted The Class 315 Commemorative Event to celebrate the final days of service for the Class 315 PEPs and to raise funds for the Railway Children charity.

315 farewell tour

                           Class 315 804 at Enfield Town preparing for a service to Liverpool Street.

The British Rail Class 315 are 4 car AC electric multiple units built by BREL at their Holgate Road Carriage Works in York from 1980 to 1981. 61 Class 315s were built to replace the Class 306 on the Great Eastern Mainline. The 315s were the final variant of the British Rail PEP Stock, other variants include the Class 313, 314, 507 and Class 508.

Upon Privatisation The Class 315 fleet was inherited by Eversholt Rail Group. Who currently own the final units on the mainline. All but one four car unit are expected to go for scrap.

The Class 315 has seen operations on the Shenfield Metro, Romford to Upminster Branch and the Lea Valley Lines (Liverpool Street to Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town).

315 farewell tour

                                  London Overground Class 315 8?7 & 809 at Chingford station.

Whilst the Class 315 had its commemorative event on Saturday the 26th of November, they operated a few weekday morning and evening peak services from Liverpool Street to Gidea Park until December 9th. Despite their age the MTR Elizabeth Line Class 315s were awarded with a Golden Spanner Bronze Award by Modern Railway Magazine on November 25th 2022. The award celebrates the best of rolling stock maintenance and reliability.

The Class 315 came third for Ex-BR EMU, only being beaten by the ScotRail Class 320s which achieved silver, and South Western Railway Class 455s which achieved gold.

https://www.modernrailways.com/article/spanners-celebrate-most-reliable-fleets-0

The event was split into two services, an AM service and a PM service which consisted of 2 runs from Liverpool Street to Shenfield using some rare sections of the line including the Up Avoider line at Ilford, down avoider at Manor Park and Shenfield Platform 1. Overall it was a great event to be on and a deserved way to celebrate the long career of these hard working units.

315 farewell tour

                          Class 315 856 at Shenfield Platform 1 with a special end of an era headboard.

The Class 315 Preservation Society working with Eversholt Rail Group obtained 4 car unit 315 856 in late 2022. Three of the four carriages are currently at the Dean Forest Railway while one one of the driving coaches is at its new home on The Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway. Once work begins 856 is set to be repainted into the BR Blue & Grey Livery and modern PA & PIA systems removed. We’re hoping this means 856 will be fitted with a destination box and blind.

The Class 315 Preservation Group don’t plan to keep 856 as a static exhibition, they intend to run it down heritage railways as coaching stock being hauled by a locomotive.  However their ambition is to hopefully see 856 become fully operational once again and to organise events on the mainline.

If you want to see support the groups work there are several ways to assist them which include:

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You can read more about their plans at https://www.class315preservationsociety.com

Thank you to MTR Elizabeth Line, The Branch Line Society and The Class 315 Preservation Society for making the commemorative event happen. We also wish the best of luck to The Class 315 Preservation Society for their project. We hope their dream gets realised.

Farewell To The Class 315.

1980 – 2022

Elizabeth Line Class 315 at Liverpool Street in 2022

Class 315 Preservation Society

Class 315 Preservation Society

Welcome to the Class 315 Preservation Society

The Class 315 EMU has carried thousands, if not millions of people in and out of London Liverpool Street over it’s expansive career. Our aim is to preserve and restore 315856, so future generations can experience what travel was like at a time before everything contained a computer.

315 farewell tour

You can get involved with the 315 Preservation Society today!

Join our exclusive membership and become apart of the Society.

Donations are accepted and are a fantastic way to help us preserve a part of history.

Do you know a thing or two about railways or rolling stock?. We’d be happy to hear from you regarding volunteer roles within our society.

315 farewell tour

Our ultimate goal is simple! To save, preserve, restore, backdate and operate a Class 315 EMU!

The PEP design of EMU revolutionised the way which commuter trains were thought of. While not everyone would agree that this was for the better, they definitely helped change the way the railways were operated and used. Unfortunately, there have not been many attempts, even less successful ones, to save many full length electric units from the first generation and we do not want to see the second generation suffer the same fate. Just like how the PEPs change commuting, we wish to change preservation, though this time, definitely for the better!

Latest News

315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315816 Bethnal Green

315816 on Bethnal green bank up suburban April 1983, courtesy of Keith Ward.

315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315 856 / 37884

The sole surviving class 315 856 , class 37 884 passing Kentish Town station hauling 315 856 , working the 11.04 ilford E.M.U.D – lydney up goods loop for transportation on low loader , 23.12.22 photo LS

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Class 315 Preservation Society

Welcome to the Class 315 Preservation Society

The Class 315 EMU has carried thousands, if not millions of people in and out of London Liverpool Street over it’s expansive career. Our aim is to preserve and restore 315856, so future generations can experience what travel was like at a time before everything contained a computer.

class 315 farewell tour

You can get involved with the 315 Preservation Society today!

Join our exclusive membership and become apart of the Society.

Donations are accepted and are a fantastic way to help us preserve a part of history.

Do you know a thing or two about railways or rolling stock?. We’d be happy to hear from you regarding volunteer roles within our society.

Our ultimate goal is simple! To save, preserve, restore, backdate and operate a Class 315 EMU!

The PEP design of EMU revolutionised the way which commuter trains were thought of. While not everyone would agree that this was for the better, they definitely helped change the way the railways were operated and used. Unfortunately, there have not been many attempts, even less successful ones, to save many full length electric units from the first generation and we do not want to see the second generation suffer the same fate. Just like how the PEPs change commuting, we wish to change preservation, though this time, definitely for the better!

Latest News

class 315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315816 Bethnal Green

315816 on Bethnal green bank up suburban April 1983, courtesy of Keith Ward.

class 315 farewell tour

Picture Reel: 315 856 / 37884

The sole surviving class 315 856 , class 37 884 passing Kentish Town station hauling 315 856 , working the 11.04 ilford E.M.U.D – lydney up goods loop for transportation on low loader , 23.12.22 photo LS

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Farwell tour for the British Rail Class 315 trains

Xfarwell tour for the british rail class 315 trains.

The last of the legacy British Rail Class 315 inherited by the Elizabeth line on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line will be taken out of service next month. As a result, there will be a farewell tour of this less than loved but long-running train on Saturday 26th November – and tickets go on sale today.

The British Rail Class 315 trains were built in 1980/81 based on a 1971 design, and just 53 of the train were built. They were primarily used on the Greater Anglia routes, and when TfL Rail took over services between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, it inherited some of the trains.

They have been phased out as Elizabeth line trains were introduced, and the very last of them will be taken out of service shortly.

class 315 farewell tour

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The Branch Line Society will be running a charity tour on Saturday 26th November, and tickets will go on sale this evening (17th Oct) at 8:30pm from here .

Pricing details will be announced when tickets go on sale, and there will be morning and afternoon tours available.

All proceeds will be donated to the Railway Children charity.

There is also a Class 315 Preservation Society that will be involved in the day.

The trains will still be in passenger service, probably until early December, if you are unable to attend the ceremonial farewell tour.

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I used them a lot, But am not sad to see them go, in spite of the fact that the seating arrangements in the class 710 are inferior. But … they are still neither as old nor decrepit as the Bakerloo line UndergrounD trains (!)

I miss them, they are the og trains that used almost every livery in essex for 40 years

They may not have air con but at least the seats are comfortable unlike the boards you have to sit on in the Lizzie line trains.

Typo in article title.

They definitely still have that 80s vibe about them, especially the interior. Probably more comfortable though, if the new train’s seats are like Thameslinks’…

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A Final Farewell To The British Rail Class 315

by Rail Tags | Nov 27, 2022

Most of the time, when a piece of rolling stock gets phased out it usually is followed by a farewell rail tour. These events often give enthusiasts one final time to fully appreciate a train for what it is before they are often lost to time.

Thankfully, the Class 315s got to celebrate the end of their life with just that around 2-3 weeks before their final run.

On Saturday the 26th of November 2022 The Branch Line Society, along with MTR Elizabeth Line and The Class 315 Preservation Society hosted The Class 315 Commemorative Event to celebrate the final days of service for the Class 315 PEPs and to raise funds for the Railway Children charity.

class 315 farewell tour

                           Class 315 804 at Enfield Town preparing for a service to Liverpool Street.

The British Rail Class 315 are 4 car AC electric multiple units built by BREL at their Holgate Road Carriage Works in York from 1980 to 1981. 61 Class 315s were built to replace the Class 306 on the Great Eastern Mainline. The 315s were the final variant of the British Rail PEP Stock, other variants include the Class 313, 314, 507 and Class 508.

Upon Privatisation The Class 315 fleet was inherited by Eversholt Rail Group. Who currently own the final units on the mainline. All but one four car unit are expected to go for scrap.

The Class 315 has seen operations on the Shenfield Metro, Romford to Upminster Branch and the Lea Valley Lines (Liverpool Street to Cheshunt, Chingford and Enfield Town).

class 315 farewell tour

                                  London Overground Class 315 8?7 & 809 at Chingford station.

Whilst the Class 315 had its commemorative event on Saturday the 26th of November, they operated a few weekday morning and evening peak services from Liverpool Street to Gidea Park until December 9th. Despite their age the MTR Elizabeth Line Class 315s were awarded with a Golden Spanner Bronze Award by Modern Railway Magazine on November 25th 2022. The award celebrates the best of rolling stock maintenance and reliability.

The Class 315 came third for Ex-BR EMU, only being beaten by the ScotRail Class 320s which achieved silver, and South Western Railway Class 455s which achieved gold.

https://www.modernrailways.com/article/spanners-celebrate-most-reliable-fleets-0

The event was split into two services, an AM service and a PM service which consisted of 2 runs from Liverpool Street to Shenfield using some rare sections of the line including the Up Avoider line at Ilford, down avoider at Manor Park and Shenfield Platform 1. Overall it was a great event to be on and a deserved way to celebrate the long career of these hard working units.

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                          Class 315 856 at Shenfield Platform 1 with a special end of an era headboard.

The Class 315 Preservation Society working with Eversholt Rail Group obtained 4 car unit 315 856 in late 2022. Three of the four carriages are currently at the Dean Forest Railway while one one of the driving coaches is at its new home on The Llanelli & Mynydd Mawr Railway. Once work begins 856 is set to be repainted into the BR Blue & Grey Livery and modern PA & PIA systems removed. We’re hoping this means 856 will be fitted with a destination box and blind.

The Class 315 Preservation Group don’t plan to keep 856 as a static exhibition, they intend to run it down heritage railways as coaching stock being hauled by a locomotive.  However their ambition is to hopefully see 856 become fully operational once again and to organise events on the mainline.

If you want to see support the groups work there are several ways to assist them which include:

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Or Purchasing Good Through Their Online Shop.

You can read more about their plans at https://www.class315preservationsociety.com

Thank you to MTR Elizabeth Line, The Branch Line Society and The Class 315 Preservation Society for making the commemorative event happen. We also wish the best of luck to The Class 315 Preservation Society for their project. We hope their dream gets realised.

Farewell To The Class 315.

1980 – 2022

Elizabeth Line Class 315 at Liverpool Street in 2022

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The Lizzy line’s oldest trains are already destined for the scrapheap

They’re being replaced by a newer, shinier model

Imagine hearing about an exciting new railway line running across the capital then turning up to find some dingy-looking 1980s train. Well, you don’t have to, because, on the section of London’s spanking new (and mega-expensive) Elizabeth line between Liverpool Street and Shenfield, some of the trains are a whopping 42 years old. These British Rail Class 315 units (as they’re technically called) were a temporary stopgap. The plan was always to scrap them, but more time was needed to get enough newer trains running, so they let the older guys stick around for a bit longer than anticipated.

For the first few months of the Elizabeth line services, the 315 ran at weekday commuter peak hours. Now, however, the newer Class 345 trains are ready and have completely replaced the 315s. They officially decided to retire the remaining 315 cars because of their incompatibility with new signalling systems on the central and Heathrow sections of the Lizzy. Since the Elizabeth line now starts in Paddington, joining the existing route just before Stratford, these trains were sitting idle.   

If you are particularly passionate about trains, as the Class 315 Preservation Society  definitely is, there will be a special farewell tour for the 315 units on Saturday November 26 for £31.50 (see what they did there?). All the proceeds will be going to the Railway Children charity, an organisation helping displaced children find safe accommodation. Which sits well in theme, as the UK’s rail network attracts vulnerable and runaway young people like a magnet, often providing them with somewhere to go in place of home or a safe place to stay.

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  • 11 Oct 2022

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That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now.  

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prod_pep said: That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now. Click to expand...
306024 said: On paper at the moment perhaps but a short term alteration can easily change that if necessary. A look at RTT for Sat 26/11/22 shows some 1Z** paths between Liverpool St and Shenfield, the limit of MTR's safety case. Click to expand...
JonathanH said: Some suggestion that there will be a farewell event for the 315s on 26 November, which might indicate when they are likely to be finally withdrawn. View attachment 121996 [Picture shows screenshot from Branch Line Society website with three class 315s pictured and advance notice of a tour on 26 November 2022] Click to expand...
  • 13 Oct 2022

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Class 315 Preservation Society | **SAVE THE DATE** Saturday 26th Novemeber 2022 | Facebook

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**SAVE THE DATE** Saturday 26th Novemeber 2022. Our Friends at MTR have asked us to be involved in something very special!! More details will be announced shortly, meanwhile watch this space. **NB Headboard design is Copyright Class 315 Preservation Society 2019 - 2022. ** Click to expand...

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There will be tickets available for the morning, afternoon or all day according to the society. Confinement to Shenfield and back is more down to safety matters than anything GA. It should still be a good day despite the limitations. It will be interesting to see how well-attended this event is compared with other recent stock farewells, given this is not the 315s' last day in service. They are continuing beyond 26th November, not that it has stopped the fonts of all knowledge on social media 'officially confirming' the 26th is their last day.  

TheHSRailFan said: (Images by Peter O'Brien) Click to expand...
gmaguire said: What are the two white circular things above the door in the middle? Click to expand...

Kite159

Message from the BLS on another forum is that tickets will go on sale from around 20:30 on Monday. With both the AM & PM option. A bit of a shame the event is only going to be London to Shenfield & back a few times, all be it with some more unusual track thrown in [the connections between the main & 'electric' lines around the Ilford flyover both ways], but anywhere else would require more paperwork and not run on the safety case of MTR. No doubt the tours will be popular with people wanting to say farewell on a nonstop run, who can't make the regular weekday diagram  

  • 15 Oct 2022

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TheHSRailFan said: View attachment 122066 (Images by Peter O'Brien) Click to expand...
  • 17 Oct 2022

Booking is now open for the Class 315 farewell on the Branch Line Society's website. It's pricey at £31.50 per morning or afternoon slot, or £63 to do both if you're as mad as me. Compared with the GN 313 farewell at £25 all day, and the 314 send-off, £30 in donations for all three legs, it's a lot to do the same route all day. For those preferring to stick with the regular operations, the last booked day of Class 315s on the full Liverpool Street - Shenfield route is Friday 4th November. From Monday 7th November, the 315s will survive on Liverpool Street High Level - Gidea Park peak time workings, including beyond the farewell tour into December.  

At least you get 2 round trips from Liverpool Street to Shenfield for the money. Add in some more unusual track (does it do the track behind the back of the platform at Manor Park?). I suspect they will sell out, for those wanting to say farewell when the trains won't be super busy like they can get during the peak time runs, plus for the chance of a fast run from London to Shenfield.  

  • 18 Oct 2022
Kite159 said: At least you get 2 round trips from Liverpool Street to Shenfield for the money. Add in some more unusual track (does it do the track behind the back of the platform at Manor Park?). I suspect they will sell out, for those wanting to say farewell when the trains won't be super busy like they can get during the peak time runs, plus for the chance of a fast run from London to Shenfield. Click to expand...
dannyh73 said: Hopefully.. RTT shows a switch from IE to EL lines at Forest Gate Junction rather than Manor Park so fingers crossed! Only ever covered that section of track once on a Southend-Liverpool Street service in the Morning Rush Hour when there was disruption on the Up Main. Click to expand...
306024 said: Line code IE is indeed the code needed to route a train round the back of Manor Park station, and is the much more unusual move. Before Liverpool St resignalling the route was permissive block signalled, which prevented its use for passenger trains. Line code IL will bring you back to the up electric line through the crossover at the foot of Ilford flyover before Manor Park station, and is the one usually used as it is a much faster route. Click to expand...
  • 23 Oct 2022

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This should be a good day out. Good on MTR for giving them a good send off, hopefully I'll get the day off for one last ride.  

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Hopefully the journey will encompass other areas of the route much less used against the regular service. Liv St LO platforms perhaps, Temple Mills lines, 12a at Stratford and maybe the down avoiding line at the flyover or bi-di before Forest Gate to get to the Electrics. I know that a friendly chat with the signaller can sometimes yield one or two surprise crossovers en-route.  

  • 24 Oct 2022

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Morning Service London Liverpool Street P16 (PU 09.07) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 – Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Shenfield P1 (RM 09.33 – 09.41) – Up Main – Ilford P1 – Up Passenger Avoiding – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (RM 10.10 – 10.25) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 - Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Manor Park P4 - Dn Passenger Avoiding – Dn Electric – Shenfield P4 (RM 11.02 – 11.13) – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (SD 11.55) Afternoon Service London Liverpool Street P16 (PU 14.07) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 – Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Shenfield P1 (RM 14.33 – 14.41) – Up Main – Ilford P1 – Up Passenger Avoiding – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (RM 15.10 – 15.25) – Dn Electric – Stratford P8 - Stratford Country End Crossovers – Dn Main – Manor Park P4 - Dn Passenger Avoiding – Dn Electric – Shenfield P4 (RM 16.02 – 16.13) – Up Electric – London Liverpool Street P16 (SD 16.55) Click to expand...
  • 28 Oct 2022

Looks like a good day out. A few years ago, on several Sundays, they ran non-stop from Gidea Park to Shenfield and terminated in platform 1. More recently I have done several fairly rare moves around Stratford, Ilford and Seven Kings.  

  • 13 Nov 2022

MatthewRead

This tour needs to be postponed by a week because of the aslef strike see https://aslef.org.uk/publications/aslef-announces-another-day-strike-action . Otherwise those who have booked tickets may no be able to make the tour because there aren't any trains!  

MatthewRead said: This tour needs to be postponed by a week because of the aslef strike see https://aslef.org.uk/publications/aslef-announces-another-day-strike-action . Otherwise those who have booked tickets may no be able to make the tour because there aren't any trains! Click to expand...
306024 said: And some people may have already made arrangements to stay in the area, or not be able to make the following week. The tour goes ahead as planned. Click to expand...

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Class 315 farewell raises over £13,000 for charity

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A COMMEMORATIVE event to mark the pending withdrawal of the final Class 315 EMUs from MTR Elizabeth line peak time services was held on November 26, with the celebratory event raising more than £13,000 for the Railway Children charity.

With the remaining Class 315s going off-lease after running their last services on December 9, the final examples were used on London Liverpool Street to Gidea Park morning and afternoon peak services in their final weeks following the Elizabeth line service changes from early November.

The special event saw 315847 and 315856 operate four return services between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield, with the day split into a morning and afternoon session, and each session seeing the Class 315s make two non-stop return trips between the two terminus stations.

About 175 passengers booked for the morning trips along the route, and 300 people travelled in the afternoon. Fares for each session were £31.50.

The date of the tour coincided with strike action by ASLEF, but as Elizabeth line operator MTR was not involved in the dispute, the tour operated as planned. However, a number of participants cancelled their bookings due to difficulties in attending from other parts of the country, although the Branch Line Society – which acted as booking agents for the charity event – reported that the total number of cancellations was relatively low.

The event was organised by MTR in collaboration with the Branch Line Society and the Class 315 Preservation Society, with all proceeds from the event being donated to Railway Children. MTR also provided cab tours of one of the Elizabeth line Class 345s, and the same train was also used to host a pop-up shop by the preservation society, selling Class 315-related merchandise and souvenirs.

MTR Elizabeth line stakeholder and communication manager Scott McCloud gave a speech between the morning and afternoon journeys, paying tribute to the Class 315s and the role they had played in the history of the Shenfield line. He also thanked the team which had organised and supported the event.

Mr McCloud stated that at least £10,000 had been raised through ticket sales, although on-train raffles and some on-the-day bookings have

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Class 313 farewell tour

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts said a fond farewell to the trains which have run on Sussex routes for the last 13 years.

A special ‘Farewell Tour’ for the Class 313 units was organised by the Branch Line Society and Southern .

As previously reported, all the Class 313 trains will be withdrawn from service later this month to be replaced by more modern rolling stock.

The special tour on Saturday 29 April took passengers on a 249-mile journey from Brighton back to Brighton via Portsmouth in the west, Three Bridges in the north and Ore in the east.

Photographers lined parts of the route and waited at stations to see the charter train – comprising units 313201 and 313213 – travel along the network.

The 313s are the oldest trains on the national rail network and first entered service in 1976. Southern have used them on the Sussex routes since 2010.

Chris Fowler, network operations director at Southern, said: “We are getting rid of the 313s and replacing them with Electrostars so that people get toilets and air-conditioning on these routes. They’ll be going in a couple of weeks’ time and we wanted to see them off in style, to commemorate the amount of service that they have given to this part of the country and to give people a good day out and to raise a lot of money for charity.”

A charity raffle was held to raise funds for the  Railway Children  and Chestnut Tree House  children’s hospice care.

Tour organiser and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) duty network operations manager Antony Yandell said: “The 313s have been operating for over five decades, helping people to get around and building special memories for train crew, passengers, and customers.

“Over the past six years GTR has arranged other farewell tours to mark the withdrawal of our older fleets and with this latest tour now complete, we have raised £75,000 for charity. Arranging these tours takes a lot of work and I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has played a part.”

Ella Pilkington at Chestnut Tree House said: “There are hundreds of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in our local community who require specialist care, and even more parents and family members who need help and support.

“It is thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals and companies like Southern and its parent company Govia Thameslink Railway that Chestnut Tree House can be there for each family on their journey – now and in the future. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I’d like to say a huge thank you for your support.”

Southern is replacing all its Class 313s with Electrostar trains on the following routes: Brighton to Seaford; Brighton to Lewes; Brighton to Portsmouth; Littlehampton to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton to Portsmouth & Southsea.

The changes will take place with the new timetable coming into effect on Sunday 21 May.

Southern said: “We are pleased to be phasing out our oldest trains so we can provide a consistent, more attractive and updated offer to customers, supporting more people on their travels along our coastway routes.”

Photo: the oldest 313 unit still in service – 313201 – with a special headboard “313 Farewell 1976-2023” at Littlehampton station. Credit: Paul Bromley, Southeast Communities Rail Partnership.

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That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now. JonathanH said: Some suggestion that there will be a farewell event for the 315s on 26 November, which might indicate when they are likely to be finally withdrawn.

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Class 313 farewell tour

Hundreds of rail enthusiasts said a fond farewell to the trains which have run on Sussex routes for the last 13 years.

A special ‘Farewell Tour’ for the Class 313 units was organised by the Branch Line Society and Southern .

As previously reported, all the Class 313 trains will be withdrawn from service later this month to be replaced by more modern rolling stock.

The special tour on Saturday 29 April took passengers on a 249-mile journey from Brighton back to Brighton via Portsmouth in the west, Three Bridges in the north and Ore in the east.

Photographers lined parts of the route and waited at stations to see the charter train – comprising units 313201 and 313213 – travel along the network.

The 313s are the oldest trains on the national rail network and first entered service in 1976. Southern have used them on the Sussex routes since 2010.

Chris Fowler, network operations director at Southern, said: “We are getting rid of the 313s and replacing them with Electrostars so that people get toilets and air-conditioning on these routes. They’ll be going in a couple of weeks’ time and we wanted to see them off in style, to commemorate the amount of service that they have given to this part of the country and to give people a good day out and to raise a lot of money for charity.”

A charity raffle was held to raise funds for the  Railway Children  and Chestnut Tree House  children’s hospice care.

Tour organiser and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) duty network operations manager Antony Yandell said: “The 313s have been operating for over five decades, helping people to get around and building special memories for train crew, passengers, and customers.

“Over the past six years GTR has arranged other farewell tours to mark the withdrawal of our older fleets and with this latest tour now complete, we have raised £75,000 for charity. Arranging these tours takes a lot of work and I want to say a huge thanks to everyone who has played a part.”

Ella Pilkington at Chestnut Tree House said: “There are hundreds of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in our local community who require specialist care, and even more parents and family members who need help and support.

“It is thanks to the kindness and generosity of individuals and companies like Southern and its parent company Govia Thameslink Railway that Chestnut Tree House can be there for each family on their journey – now and in the future. On behalf of everyone at Chestnut Tree House, I’d like to say a huge thank you for your support.”

Southern is replacing all its Class 313s with Electrostar trains on the following routes: Brighton to Seaford; Brighton to Lewes; Brighton to Portsmouth; Littlehampton to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton to Portsmouth & Southsea.

The changes will take place with the new timetable coming into effect on Sunday 21 May.

Southern said: “We are pleased to be phasing out our oldest trains so we can provide a consistent, more attractive and updated offer to customers, supporting more people on their travels along our coastway routes.”

Photo: the oldest 313 unit still in service – 313201 – with a special headboard “313 Farewell 1976-2023” at Littlehampton station. Credit: Paul Bromley, Southeast Communities Rail Partnership.

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  4. Elizabeth Line Class 315, 315847 & 315856 pass through Gidea Park on

    315 farewell tour

  5. Class 315 Farewell tour at London Liverpool Street

    315 farewell tour

  6. 315 farewell tour 26/11/2022

    315 farewell tour

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  3. *INSANE MEGA TONES* Class 315 Railtour leaving London Liverpool St platform 9

  4. Final Farewell Tour

  5. Class 315 Farewell 26.11.22

  6. Farewell Tour of SUM41

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  1. Farwell tour for the British Rail Class 315 trains

    Published 17 October 2022 By Ian Mansfield Transport News. The last of the legacy British Rail Class 315 inherited by the Elizabeth line on the Shenfield to Liverpool Street line will be taken out of service next month. As a result, there will be a farewell tour of this less than loved but long-running train on Saturday 26th November - and ...

  2. Class 315 Farewell Tour Tickets On Sale 17th October!

    Our friends at the Branch Line Society have just informed us, that tickets will go on sale for the Class 315 Farewell Tour from Monday the 17th October at 20.30 (08:30 pm). These can brought from www.branchline.ukWe strongly recommend you save the date and time to.avoid disappointment as these will be vended on a first come first serve basis!

  3. Class 315 Farewell Tour and Event 26/11/22

    In this video we see some of my footage from the Class 315 farewell event which occurred on the 26th November 2022 to celebrate these units 42 years of servi...

  4. *THE END IS NIGH*

    As the end is soon approaching for the Class 315 PEP units on the Great Eastern Main Line, a farewell tour was ran between London Liverpool Street and Shenfi...

  5. Elizabeth Line Class 315 Farewell Tour on the Great Eastern ...

    Video: A compilation of the Elizabeth Line Class 315 farewell tour passing through various stations along the Great Eastern Main Line (the Shenfield Metro po...

  6. British Rail Class 315

    The British Rail Class 315 is a fleet of alternating current (AC) electric multiple unit ... A farewell tour for the class organised by the Branch Line Society was announced in October 2022 and took place on 26 November. The last day of service for the Class 315 units was 9 December 2022.

  7. Commemorative railtour to run between London and Shenfield ...

    The charity tour will be operated by MTR Elizabeth Line and will run between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield. With an onboard raffle, all profits from the tour will be donated to Railway Children. 2x Class 315s will operate the tour, set to run on the 26th November, and will take in unusual lines, including the Up Passenger Avoider at ...

  8. The 315 train car on the Elizabeth line is being discontinued

    The 315 train car has been made obsolete by a new 345 train. Its farewell tour is Saturday November 26. The 315 train car is not long for this world. Go to the content Go to the footer.

  9. Class 315 farewell set saved

    Class 315 farewell set saved 2023-01-03 - HAVING run a farewell tour to mark the final days for the. TfL Class 315s, it has been confirmed one of the two sets used on the railtour is to be preserved. The sell-out tour on November 26 was organised by the Branch Line Society in conjunctio­n with train operator MTR Elizabeth line, and featured ...

  10. Class 315 Preservation Society

    Started by original BR crews many who worked these old girls to preserve a 315 and restore her to original condition.

  11. Class 315 Farewell Event

    That's a clear hint at a Class 315 farewell tour. However, they are diagrammed to remain in service until Friday 9th December 2022 which looks as if it will be the last day now. JonathanH said: Some suggestion that there will be a farewell event for the 315s on 26 November, which might indicate when they are likely to be finally withdrawn.

  12. Class 315 Farewell Tour footage

    Some indoor footage from the Class 315 Farewell Tour which took place between London Liverpool Street and Shenfield on Saturday 26th November 2022. Filmed on...

  13. A Final Farewell To The British Rail Class 315

    The British Rail Class 315 are 4 car AC electric multiple units built by BREL at their Holgate Road Carriage Works in York from 1980 to 1981. 61 Class 315s were built to replace the Class 306 on the Great Eastern Mainline. The 315s were the final variant of the British Rail PEP Stock, other variants include the Class 313, 314, 507 and Class 508.

  14. Homepage

    Welcome to the Class 315 Preservation Society. The Class 315 EMU has carried thousands, if not millions of people in and out of London Liverpool Street over it's expansive career. Our aim is to preserve and restore 315856, so future generations can experience what travel was like at a time before everything contained a computer.

  15. Your Railway Community

    Went to Seven Kings today to see the Class 315 farewell tour. Here we see 315856+315847 passing Seven Kings heading for London Liverpool Street. Headcode was 1Z22.

  16. Class 315 retirement plans

    I think the 345s will have their farewell tour first the way things are going. Deleted Deleted Member. Posts: 0 Class 315 retirement plans Feb 25, 2020 23:08:22 GMT . Quote. Select Post; Deselect Post; ... Class 315 are 25kv AC overhead only so would not be able to traverse the 3rd rail network powered as they are. Aside from common component ...

  17. Great Eastern & LTS EMU'S, 302 to 315

    Class 315 farewell tour 26th November 22

  18. The Class 315 Farewell

    On the 26th of November 2022, The Branch Line Society organised a farewell tour for the Elizabeth line Class 315s. The tour ran between Liverpool Street and ...

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  20. #812 Stratford, 15 August 2017. Although a few 345s had ...

    Although a few 345s had entered service by this date, the Shenfield Metro was still dominated by the class 315 units. A pair approach with an up service. The 315s were only the second generation of units on this service having replaced the original 1949 vintage class 306s in 1981. The class 315 farewell tour took place in November 2022.

  21. class 315 farewell tour

    Class 315 Preservation Society. Welcome to the Class 315 Preservation Society. The Class 315 EMU has carried thousands, if not millions of people in and out of London Liverpool St

  22. The class 315 farewell tour 26/11/2022

    The class 315 farewell tour at various locations along the line including:1. Seven Kings2. Chadwell Heath3. Gidea Park4. Brentwood5. Shenfield6. Stratford

  23. Class 313 farewell tour

    A special 'Farewell Tour' for the Class 313 units was organised by the Branch Line Society and Southern. As previously reported, all the Class 313 trains will be withdrawn from service later this month to be replaced by more modern rolling stock. The special tour on Saturday 29 April took passengers on a 249-mile journey from Brighton back ...

  24. An Incredible Farewell Tour for the Class 315's

    Hellfire day with lots of Tones and what a great way to bid farewell to such wonderful units.If you enjoyed watching, please like or Subscribe!JH's Transport...