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ScotRail leases 48 Class 156 units from Angel Trains, of which 28 are sponsored by Strathclyde PTE and are featured on a separate page.

The 20 units not sponsored by the PTE were painted in ScotRail livery while the franchise was held by National Express Group.

The ScotRail franchise passed to First Group on, October 17, 2004.

156.485 and 457 at Stirling,  27-March-04

156.485 and 457 at Stirling at 27 March 2004.

All 20 units were repainted and refurbished at Glasgow Railcare, Springburn, between June and December 2000.

The first to be done was 156.449.

interior of 57457, September 2001

Interior work involved renewing seat cushions and fitting new purple seat covers and carpets.

The inner ends were repainted to remove the red chevrons.

The half of the carriage nearest the parcels area was originally designated smoking accomodation. These face-to-back seats retain ashtray fittings, albeit sealed up.


Units (ScotRail scheme) Seating Capacity DMS(A) details DMS(B) details
156.462,467 150 seats 74 Standard seats,
76 Standard seats,
luggage van with cycle racks
142 seats 70 Standard seats,
2 luggage stacks,
72 Standard seats,
2 luggage stacks,
luggage van with cycle racks
156.447,449,453,465,485,496 140 seats 68 Standard seats,
3 luggage stacks,
72 Standard seats,
2 luggage stacks,
luggage van with cycle racks

Unit 156.450 was subject to an experimental refurbishment scheme and retains several non-standard features.

Allocation and Duties

CK Corkerhill, Glasgow Non SPTE, 20 units

ScotRail exclusively uses class 156s on the South West Scotland services from Glasgow Central to Stranraer and to Carlisle via Dumfries. Some services are extended to Newcastle, operated by Arriva Trains Northern from Carlisle.

The daytime West Highland Line services from Glasgow Queen Street to Oban, Fort William and Mallaig, continue to be operated by RETB fitted 156s.

West Highland Line diagrams

The local service from Edinburgh to Glasgow Central via West Calder, (which is supported by Strathclyde PTE between Shotts and Glasgow) is also a 156 duty.

156s can regularly be found working off Edinburgh to Bathgate, Dunblane, Kirkcaldy and Perth.

Until June 2000 seven units were based at Inverness for services to Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso. They were supplanted by class 158 units, and transfered to Corkerhill, allowing ScotRail to replace their remaining first generation DMU's.