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British Rail Class 159
"South Western Turbo"
Unrefurbished Class 159018 arrives at Axminster
In service 1992 - present
Manufacturer BREL
Family name Sprinter
Constructed 1989 - 1993
Refurbishment 2000-2001, 2007-2008 (159/0)
Number built 22 (159/0)
8 (159/1)
Number in service 30
Formation 3 cars per trainset
Fleet numbers 159001 - 159022, 159101 - 159108
Operator(s) South Western Railway
Line(s) served West of England main line
Car length 22.5 metres
Width 2.7 metres
Maximum speed 90mph
Weight 37.8 tonnes
Traction system Voith Hydraulic
Prime mover(s) Cummins 400hp (159/0)
Cummins 350hp (159/1)
Safety system(s) AWS, TPWS
Track gauge 1435 mm (4 ft 8½ in)
159005 SWT Bristol Temple Meads 2005-06-28
159005 at Bristol Temple Meads
Class 159 First Class Seating
South West Trains Class 159 First Class Seating with newly added PIS

The British Rail Class 159, known as "South Western Turbo" by Network SouthEast (but in reality a member of the Sprinter family), is a diesel multiple unit, built from 1989-93 by BREL at Derby Works.

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