Yorkshire Class 153s -final months

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Waiting for Santa! 153330 is pictured stabled at Sheffield late on Christmas Eve 2020. Andrew Barclay

Since the early 1990’s, Class 153 single car DMU’s have been a familiar sight on rail services in Yorkshire. By late 2020 they could only be found working a small number of Northern Trains operated services in the County*. Those being used having been granted temporary exemption from the Railways (Interoperabilty) Regulations 2011, which after repeated extensions were due to expire at the end of May 2021 yet were again extended. The exemption requires that in Yorkshire they are only permitted to operate in passenger service when coupled with compliant units.

The purpose of this feature is to give details of the services Class 153s have been used on, or are expected to be used on, in Yorkshire, commencing from the start of the Winter 2020/21 timetable on December 14th and until their final demise in the County.

The Class 153’s used in Yorkshire are based at Newton Heath, Manchester and until mid January arrived in the county by way of the 2I09 19:56 Wigan North Western – Leeds service Monday-Saturday. They then tended to spend on average of four days in Yorkshire before leaving the county by way of the 2T40 06:32 Brighouse – Leeds / 2J84 07:17 Leeds-Manchester Victoria services Monday-Saturday. The full Yorkshire diagrams usually worked during those four days are shown below, these included visits to Lancashire and Cumbria via Hellifield.

Monday – Friday

2H10 05:17 Leeds-Carlisle, 2H85 08:24 Carlisle-Leeds, 2H90 13.18 Leeds-Carlisle, 2H95 16:18 Carlisle-Leeds, 2H27 19:18 Leeds-Lancaster, 2H78 21.31 Lancaster-Skipton

2H29 05:22 Skipton-Lancaster, 2H54 06:48 Lancaster-Leeds, 1M53 09:20 Leeds-Carlisle, 1E65 13:40 Carlisle-Leeds, 2H21 17:26 Leeds-Morecambe, 2H03 2007 Morecambe-Leeds, 2A35 22:50 Leeds-Knottingley

2N00 05:34 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N05 07:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N06 08:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N11 10:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N12 11:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N17 13:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N18 14:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N23 16:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N24 17:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N29 19:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N30 20:48 Leeds-Sheffield

2N33 21:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2F35 23:18 Leeds-Knottingley

Saturday

2H29 05:19 Skipton-Lancaster, 2H54 06:48 Lancaster-Leeds, 1M53 09:19 Leeds-Carlisle, 2H95 16:18 Carlisle-Leeds, 2H27 19:18 Leeds-Lancaster, 2H78 21.31 Lancaster-Skipton

2N00 05:34 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N05 07:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N06 08:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N11 10:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N12 11:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N17 13:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N18 14:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N23 16:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N24 17:48 Leeds-Sheffield, 2N29 19:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2N30 20:48 Leeds-Sheffield

2N33 21:15 Sheffield-Leeds, 2F35 23:18 Leeds-Knottingley

Sunday

2F00 09:22 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A65 10:25 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A14 11:12 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A67 12:26 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A16 13:10 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A69 14:25 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A18 15:12 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A71 16:26 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A20 17:20 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A73 18:25 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A22 19:12 Knottingley-Leeds, 2A75 20:25 Leeds-Knottingley, 2A24 21:12 Knottingley-Leeds

From the 18th January 2021 a reduced service was operated with no regular internal Yorkshire diagrams. Class 153’s still being used on the Monday – Saturday 1J06 09:56 Manchester Victoria – Leeds and 1J19 14:12 Leeds – Manchester Victoria with a unit swap sometimes taking place at Leeds. Sets stabled at Huddersfield have also occasionally been added to the Monday – Saturday 2062 07:03 Huddersfield – Castleford, 2063 07:58 Castleford – Huddersfield to ensure they remain serviceable.

In late March sets started to be stabled at Kingston-upon-Hull and saw occasional use from there, primarily on trains to Bridlington.

The introduction of the Summer 2021 timetable on Sunday 16th May concentrated remaining use on the Leeds – Bradford Interchange – Manchester Victoria Calder Valley route with two sets stabling overnight at Leeds.

The links below and left take you to a page for each month where details for each day can be found. For simplicity only the first and last train worked on the above diagrams is shown if all the trains between these were also worked. Usually, the services anticipated to see Class 153’s in use on that day are shown.

* – During December 2020 and early January 2021 East Midlands Railway trains between Nottingham and Liverpool Lime Street via Sheffield were occasionally being strengthened with Class 153’s. Details of these workings are not included. The last use on these services was on Monday 18th January. However, on Tuesday 6th April 153379+153384+158856 formed 1L06 07:42 Liverpool Lime Street – Nottingham.

December 2020 Yorkshire Class 153s

January 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

February 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

March 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

April 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

May 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

June 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

July 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

August 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

September 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

October 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

November 2021 Yorkshire Class 153s

Please contact Peter Hall with any additional information.