and Equipment information
Pressed Steel built Class 117 fleet were the mainstay of suburban operations
in the London area of the former Western Region, being allocated to Reading
and Southall depots. After being delivered in BR green, the fleet were repainted
in the 1970s into all-over BR rail blue, as shown here on a set passing
through Sonning Cutting between Twyford and Reading. After 1976 the original
four-character route indicators were removed and 'dot' indicators inserted.
BR agreed to try and improve its local train service image in the mid-1970s,
a major refurbishment of many DMU fleets were authorised, this extended
to interior upgrading and external repaints. Most of the Class 117s then
emerged in white livery off-set by a blue waist height band, a colour scheme
which looked very smart, and shown here on set L406 near Theale. This triple
set has its DMBS leading and by the time this picture was taken the headcode
box had been plated over and frontal indication lights were positioned on
the main bodywork. CJM.
the 1980s/90s, after much re-allocation of stock, the Class 117 fleet could
be found working all over the country from the London area to Birmingham
and even Scotland. Set 117311 is seen painted in Regional Railways grey
and two-tone blue livery at Birmingham New Street, during a period when
it was allocated to Tyseley and used on the Birmingham CrossCity line. At
this time a hi-intensity headlight had also been fitted. CJM.
many of the DMU classes, some of the Class 117 fleet have been preserved,
as these versatile easy to use sets can offer much to the light rail movement.
This three car set, painted in a non-authentic red and cream livery is seen
on the West Somerset Railway. CJM.
117 interior. On the left is the rather comfortable looking first class
interior, finished in a mid-brown moquette. On the right is the rather Spartan
standard class interior, based on 2+3 seating, finished here in NSE blue
moquette. Both: CJM.