Class 707s

So what’s all the fuss about?

I haven’t a clue to be honest, to me they are just Class 700s painted red and are only five cars long. They were originally ordered by South West Trains who lost the franchise and the new South Western Railway franchise took over on 20th August 2017. And so it appears that SWR no longer want the units as they do not have toilets. Since their introduction they have been used on the Waterloo to Windsor, Weybridge, and the round robin Waterloo to Waterloo via Strawberry Hill. With the planned withdrawal from service of by 2019 when the new Bombardier Transportation Aventra units. The units are all based at Wimbled but you can often see them stabled in Clapham yard (Clapham Junction.) What do I actually think of them? … Meh! .. They have that very irritating ‘jutting out’ bits of metal by your feet next to the windows which force you to sit at some uncomfortable angle which is the same as the 700s, The seats are not the most comfortable but to be honest NO trains built after the class 365s are comfortable.

The units having been built at Siemens’ Wildenrath facility in Germany (Should UK based units, locos rolling stock be built in the in the UK? YES! but that is a whole other post) they were then hauled to Dollands Moor where they have been collected by various traction (Class 37s, 47s) and brought to Clapham Yard for testing, acceptance and introduction to service.
Dates provided by Terry Williams (Thanks Terry).

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 Not Yet Delivered
707022 Not Yet Delivered
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
Those marked I have now managed to have had as haulage. I hope to gain at least 10 miles on each unit.

Some stats:

British Rail TOPS Class 707
In service 17 August 2017 – Current
Manufacturer Siemens
Built at Krefeld, Germany
Family name Desiro City
Constructed 2015–2017
Number built 30
Formation 5 carriages per unit
Fleet numbers 707001–707030
Capacity 275 seats, 533 standing
Operator(s) South Western Railway
Depot(s) Wimbledon Traincare depot
Line(s) served Various
Train length 101.52 m (333 ft 1 in)
Car length 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2.80 m (9 ft 2 14 in)
Floor height 1.10 m (43.31 in)
Maximum speed 160 km/h (100 mph)
Power output 1,200 kW (1,600 hp)
Electric system(s) 750 V DC Third rail
Current collection method Contact shoe
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge
Sources : Desiro City data sheet[1]
Except where noted

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