The end of London Midland using the Class 150 train will be marked by a special train from Snow Hill to Worcester, Bridgorth and Stratford on Avon via the Lickey on November 12.
The introduction of the Bombardier built class 172 on London Midland (LM) services across Birmingham via Birmingham Snow Hill has meant that the company will no longer be using the class 150 in the West Midlands.
These have been running for 26 years since 1985 and after a farewell special, will be 100% replaced by the class 172, the UK's newest train. The farewell class 150 run takes place on Saturday 12 November 2011 in the form of a five car special on routes around the West Midlands on unusual routes, some not normally covered by passenger carrying trains.
The service will be formed using the prototype 3 car unit No. 150001 and another two-car set with proceeds going to The Railway Children charity. The train departs Birmingham Snow Hill at 0750 and calls at Smethwick Galton Bridge (0807), Rowley Regis (0812), Stourbridge Junction (0822), Kidderminster (0834), Droitwich Spa (0848) and Worcester Shrub Hill (0900).
On departure, the train heads for New Street via the 'Lickey Bank' and a diversionary route which is not often used by London Midland services. It carries on to Walsall and running via New Street to Kidderminster via Soho and Smethwick Galton Junction.
From Kidderminster the train runs onto the Severn Valley Railway for a trip to Bridgnorth and then on to Stratford-upon-Avon and Leamington Spa. The day ends at Worcester Shrub Hill (via Tyseley) by calling at Smethwick Galton Bridge, Rowley Regis, Stourbridge Junction, Kidderminster and Droitwich Spa.
Thanks to support from Network Rail, the journey will also feature rare goods loops and depots which are subject to availability on the day.
A full schedule can be downloaded here and your tickets will be posted around 7 days in advance of the special train event along with a copy of the schedule.
For more information, please email Farewell150@londonmidland.com