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Class 117 Pressed Steel 3-car DMUs


Decline

As the Class was run down their final days were spent based at Bletchley and Haymarket. The ScR sets operated the Fife Circle services, from Edinburgh to Edinburgh via Dunfermline/Kirkcaldy in peak periods only, and a single run to Perth.

A survey of the sets in stock in December 1997 showed:

Set    Livery DMBS TC DMS
301 RR 51353 59505 51395
306 RR 51369 59521 51411
308 RR 51371 59509 51413
310 RR 51373 59486 51381
311 RR 51334 59500 51376
313 RR 51339 59492 51382
444 B/G 51360 59490 51402
700 NSE 51332 - 51374
701 NSE 51350 - 51392
702 NSE 51356 - 51398
704 NSE 51341 - 51381
705 NSE 51358 - 51400
706 NSE 51366 - 51408
707 NSE 51335 - 51377
720 NSE 51354 - 51396
721 NSE 51363 - 51405
724 NSE 51333 - 51375

Livery: RR - Regional Railways; B/G - Blue/Grey; NSE - Network South East
   301-313 were allocated to Haymarket
   444 was allocated to CQ
   700 - 724 were allocated to Bletchley

The Open Golf Championship held in Carnoustie in Jul '99 saw 117s work special trains for the event. Noted workings were on Friday the 16th when sets 306/313 worked the 16:47 Carnoustie to Edinburgh, on the Sat. the 08:30 from Edinburgh was 301/311, the 09:00 313/306, and the 09:15 was 308, all to Carnoustie. The normal 117 diagrams on the Fife Circle were covered by 158s.

They were not favoured by commuters, and late in '99 they were reduced to 2-car sets. Soon after, once the arrival of the 170s allowed cascading of Sprinters they were taken out of use at very short notice - the last booked working on the 28th November was worked by a Sprinter. They were sent to store at Perth during the remainder of there lease from Angel Train Contracts, and suffered some vandalism there. They moved south in March 2000 to another period in store at MoD Shoeburyness.

At the end of May 2000, as well as the six 3-car ex-Scotrail sets, ten ex-Silverlink 117 vehicles were also at Shoeburyness, and three cars were in store at Bletchley (117 702 and 51400).

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