SWR Class 701 Deliveries

SWR Class 701 Aventra Delivery Notes

The first South Western Railway class 701 train was delivered to Eastleigh Works on 10th June, 2020. The new “Aventra” family of electric multiple units are being built by Bombardier at Derby Litchurch Lane and will be maintained at their home depots of Wimbledon and Feltham depots (Feltham still in construction as of June 2020).

The new units are set to replace a wide range of SWR rolling stock from the south west London metro area, this includes replacing:

  • Class 455s
  • Class 456s (taken over from Southern in 2014)
  • Class 458 (reconstructed from Gatwick Express 460s and the previous 458 fleet)
  • Class 707, which are planned to move to Southeastern

There are two sub class designations in the numbering system of the Aventra class 701 EMUs. These are:

  • Class 701/0 – the 10 car fixed formation. 60 being constructed.
  • Class 701/5 – 5 car fixed formation. 30 being constructed.

Due to work on the Reading, Windsor and South West London services, they were originally due to enter service Mid 2020, however COVID19 halted their construction for several months, so it is therefore likely this entry date is no longer confirmed.

The units are being delivered to Eastleigh Works at present. Before entry into service the new class 701s will work mileage accumulation runs, even as far as Horsham.

This list will keep a log of the delivery dates of the SWR class 701 units, along with their delivery location after coming from Derby, and the locomotives that hauled it. They are delivered from Derby Litchurch Lane by GBRf and the headcodes are usually 6X24.

Class 701 Delivery Log

Due to numerous moves between Derby Litchurch Lane and Worksop storage, we can’t guarantee that the units at Worksop is 100% correct at all times.

Last update was 701033 from Derby to Worksop on 20/07/21.

701001
701002 - Arrived Eastleigh 10/06/20 (66740/66745), moved back North
701003
701004 - Arrived Wimbledon 30/06/20 (66775/66745)
701005 - Arrived Eastleigh 20/07/20 (66770/66742)
701006 - Arrived Eastleigh 31/07/20 (66783/66787)
701007 - Arrived Eastleigh 14/08/20 (66721/66723)
701008 - Arrived Eastleigh 01/09/20 (66710/66750)
701009 - Moved Worksop 27/11/20 (66725/66716), later returned to Derby (04/02/21)
701010
701011 - Arrived Eastleigh 12/10/20 (66738/66780)
701012 - Arrived Eastleigh 18/09/20 (66721/66737)
701013 - Arrived Eastleigh 05/11/20 (66702/66727)
701014 - Arrived Eastleigh 04/12/20 (66709/66703)
701015 - Arrived Eastleigh 16/12/20 (66745/66739)
701016 - Arrived Eastleigh 07/01/21 (66755/66752)
701017 - Moved Worksop 08/10/20 (66777/66782)
701018 - Arrived Eastleigh 13/01/21 (66704/66724)
701019 - In storage at Worksop
701020
701021 - Moved to Worksop 09/02/21 (66726/66791)
701022 - Moved to Worksop 15/02/21 (56081/47739), returned Eastleigh 20/05/21 (47749)
701023 - Arrived Eastleigh 29/03/21 (66752)
701024
701025 - Arrived Eastleigh 17/03/21 (66737)
701026
701027 - Moved to Worksop 04/02/21 (56081/47727)
701028 - Arrived Eastleigh 28/04/21 (47727)
701029 - Arrived Eastleigh 18/05/21 (47749)
701030
701031 - Arrived Eastleigh 07/05/21 (47749)
701032 - Arrived Eastleigh 28/05/21 (47739)
701033 - Moved to Worksop 20/07/21 (50007/50049)
701034
701035
701036
701037
701038
701039
701040
701041
701042
701043
701044
701045
701046
701047
701048
701049
701050
701051
701052
701053
701054
701055
701056
701057
701058
701059
701060

701501
701502
701503
701504
701505 - moved to Worksop 26/03/21 (47739 + 56081)
701506
701507
701508
701509
701510
701511
701512
701513
701514
701515
701516
701517
701518
701519
701520
701521
701522
701523
701524
701525
701526
701527
701528
701529
701530
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murray jones
murray jones
11 months ago

701007 went to Eastleigh today top and tailed by 66723 and 66721.

Paul Raven-Hill
7 months ago

According to Rail Magazine this week, 701002 has been moved from Eastleigh to storage at HNRC Worksop. 701017 & 701019 are also stated to be at Worksop. The Railway Magazine says the same thing. Your log refers to 701009 being at Worksop, with 701009 not delivered. A discrepancy?

Paul Raven-Hill
6 months ago

Thanks for the up-dated Delivery Log. According to The Railway Magazine (Jan 2021 issue – Track Record Stock Update on page 83m complied by Ashley Butlin) Class 701 No: 701003 is stated to be stored/stopped at Wimbledon (with 701004). As far as I am aware, 701003 is one of those units which have still to be delivered, so I don’t know where they got that info from, unless it has been “slipped in” unnoticed, which I think is unlikely, as someone would have spotted it!

Jamie Hooper
Jamie Hooper
4 months ago

701029 is missing from the delivery notes list

Dave
Dave
3 months ago

Hi Matt, re Class 701/5, you say above: “Presumably the lack of train end gangways means they can’t work in multiple?

Why not? Numerous classes work in multiple despite not having end gangways, including Classes 707 and 456, two of the classes being displaced by these new trains.

Paul Raven-Hill
3 months ago

Rail magazine reports 701501/502 are at RIDC Old Dalby Test Track facility. 701505 moved to Worksop. First 701/5 to go there.

Jamie Hooper
Jamie Hooper
3 months ago

701504 was seen at Derby

Leo
Leo
3 months ago

what is the best station to go to see the class 701. but I need to use my Zipcard

Leo
Leo
3 months ago

class 701011 is at Wimbledon depot. There is one more there as well but I do not now the number.

Paul Raven-Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Leo

Should be 701004 at WD. May 2021 Railway Magazine reports 701005 moved to Widnes and 701506/8 moved to Worksop.

Jamie
Jamie
2 months ago

The 458s are staying with SWR now as they withdrew their Class 442s.

Jamie Hooper
Jamie Hooper
2 months ago

Apparently 701031 was seen passing Basingstoke being hauled by 47749, although there nothing on here to say it was delivered does anyone know if this was delivered to Eastleigh Trmsd or not?

Paul Raven-Hill
2 months ago
Reply to  Jamie Hooper

701031 was delivered to Eastleigh behind 47749. Same loco as hauled 701029.

Paul Raven-Hill
2 months ago

701029 on delivery run from Old Dalby to Eastleigh TRSMD behind GBRf 47749 (5Q10) today.

Jamie Hooper
Jamie Hooper
12 days ago

701033 is at Worksop it was with 50049 from Derby to Worksop yesterday.