…depends if you listen to the DfT or not I guess. After promising they would be fully refurbished and fitted with air-con, it seems the good people of the North will have to live with them as they are for now.

57306 brought the first of the Class 319s to their new home of Allerton direct from Bedford on the night of the 19/20th June. Unusually, there were no translator vehicles involved, with the loco coupling directly to the unit courtesy of the tightlock coupler in place of the dellner which was removed when the loco came off lease from Virgin.


Close up 0f the coupling arrangement showing the retractable tightlock coupler and the temporary electrical control box.