South West Trains facts for kids
February 1996 – February 2003
February 2003 – February 2007
February 2007 – February 2017
|Main region(s):||Greater London, Hampshire, Surrey & Dorset|
|Other region(s):||Berkshire, Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon|
|Fleet size:||337 (343 including Island Line)
11 Class 158 Express Sprinter sets
30 Class 159 South Western Turbo sets
45 Class 444 Desiro sets
127 Class 450 Desiro sets
91 Class 455 sets
30 Class 458 Juniper sets
1 Class 73 Rescue electro-diesel locomotive
(6 Class 483 - Island line sets)
|Stations called at:||213 (177 operated)|
|National Rail abbreviation:||SW|
|Parent company:||Stagecoach Group|
It operated the majority of commuter services from its Central London terminus at London Waterloo to South West London and was the key operator for outer suburban and regional services in the counties of Surrey, Hampshire and Dorset. It also provided regional services in Devon, Somerset, Berkshire, Wiltshire and on the Isle of Wight through its Island Line subsidiary.
The area of operation was the former South Western division of Network SouthEast, and was also roughly that of the pre-1923 London & South Western Railway (excluding everything west of Exeter). As part of the privatisation of British Rail, SWT was taken over by Stagecoach. In 2004, the franchise was retained by Stagecoach when re-tendered. In 2007, the franchise was merged with the Island Line franchise to form a newly extended South Western franchise, which was won by Stagecoach. When next tendered, the franchise was awarded to South Western Railway which took over the franchise on 20 August 2017.
Images for kids
A Class 444 Desiro unit used on longer-distance services on the electrified railway lines.
423417 on display at an Open Day at Eastleigh Works in May 2009, alongside one of the operational 3CIG units.
The blue symbolised medium distance services, such as the Southampton Central to Portsmouth & Southsea.
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