Well it appears we are awaiting the last ones to be delivered. Near the bottom is an updated list of the delivery dates
So what next?
To my mind the class 313/2s down on the coastway lines in Sussex, which is currently part of GTR (Southern), have their days numbered. The 707s being rather similar to the class 700 operated by Thameslink could be used on those services or even in the ‘Metro’ area in London replacing the class 455s. The maintenance could be be undertaken at Three Bridges but they have a lot of 700s to maintain. What about Thameslink? Could these be used on say the Blackfriars to Kent services opening up a but more scope or even services like Kent to Hertfordshire via the ‘Core’. Even Blackfriars to place on Southern like Caterham, Tattenham Corner or even West Croydon. The options for Thameslink is a good one for both services and for maintenance with Southern being a good second option.
The class 313s in Great Northern (GN) are the same age and are due to be replaced by the Class 717s, again built by Siemens. The 313s need to go down the ‘hole’ to Moorgate, so they need to be of specific height and width. Looking at the size of the three classes of unit reveals a possible use of the 707s on GN ?
|Class||Height||Width||No. Of Cars|
* If anyone has the vehicle heights can the please contact me.
The GN route is both AC and DC and before anyone mentions that the 707s don’t have pantographs, this is true BUT the initial delivery DID have a Pantograph that was then removed!! So theoretically they could be reinstalled and why not one asks? One of the things the new 717s will have over the 707s that will prevent their use on the GN lines is the provision of cab end doors. These are required for emergency evacuation of passengers while in the Moorgate tunnels
The 707s would be no real use on c2c as that is entirely Overhead line (OHL) as are the new electrification of the lines out of Paddington. Again, yes they could have the pantographs reinstalled for use on these lines but then you have the shoe gear getting in the way. What about London Overground (LO)? No good there as they have ordered the new 710 units also from Bombardier.
All in all the 707s have become a bit of a ‘white elephant‘ in rolling stock terms. Could be these be the first new EMUs to go into store or even scrap? Only time will tell.
|707001||arrived Clapham Yd 09.12.16|
|707002||arrived Clapham Yd 07.02.17|
|707003||arrived Clapham Yd 23.12.16|
|707004||arrived Clapham Yd 23.12.16|
|707005||arrived Clapham Yd 28.01.17|
|707006||arrived Clapham Yd 07.02.17|
|707007||arrived Clapham Yd 25.02.17|
|707008||arrived Clapham Yd 25.02.17|
|707009||arrived Clapham Yd 08.04.17|
|707010||arrived Clapham Yd 08.04.17|
|707011||arrived Clapham Yd 16.09.17|
|707012||arrived Clapham Yd 16.09.17|
|707013||arrived Clapham Yd 25.11.17|
|707014||arrived Clapham Yd 25.11.17|
|707015||arrived Clapham Yd 16.12.17|
|707016||arrived Clapham Yd 16.12.17|
|707017||arrived Clapham Yd 06.01.18|
|707018||arrived Clapham Yd 06.01.18|
|707019||arrived Clapham Yd 13.01.18|
|707020||arrived Clapham Yd 13.01.18|
|707021||arrived Clapham Yd 09.02.18|
|707022||arrived Clapham Yd 09.02.18|
|707023||arrived Clapham Yd 18.11.17|
|707024||Not Yet Delivered|
|707025||arrived Clapham Yd 18.11.17|
|707026||arrived Clapham Yd 10.11.17|
|707027||arrived Clapham Yd 10.11.17|
|707028||arrived Clapham Yd 14.10.17|
|707029||arrived Clapham Yd 14.10.17|
|707030||Not Yet Delievered|