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 6X24.

Class 701 Delivery Log

Updated 15th February 2021. 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.

701001
701002 - Arrived Eastleigh 10/06/20 (66740/66745), moved to Worksop
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 Derby 03/03/21
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
701029
701030
701031
701032
701033
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
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
8 months ago

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

Paul Raven-Hill
4 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
3 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
18 days ago

701029 is missing from the delivery notes list

Dave
Dave
11 days 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.