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The Friends of the Far North Line
Cairdean Na Loine Tuath
the campaign group for rail north of Inverness - lobbying for improved services for the local user, tourist and freight operator

Rolling Stock Improvements

Draft Paper


FoFNL recognizes that

FoFNL therefore believes that

FoFNL understands that

FoFNL therefore believes that

In the meantime FoFNL urges the following requirements for the refurbishment of the currently used Class 158s or the return (refurbished) of the more popular Class 156s.

Taken together, these requirements mean taking a considerable number of seats out of the 158s.

The Government and First Group have recently introduced new class 185 trains with an improved standard of seating, leg room and space for luggage and bicycles for the longer distance TransPennine routes. FoFNL believes that the eventual new train and the refurbishment stopgap should both provide at least class 185 levels of comfort.

Reduced to a simple equation . . .


Compilation of this paper has been hindered by the difficulty in discovering just what class(es) of trains is/are likely to be available. The Committee would be interested to hear the views of as many members as possible on this subject, which is so vital to the success of the line. Please email or contact the Editor by 31 July with your comments.