CLASS 320 MULTIPLE UNITS

320312 at Holytown320312 at Holytown320312 departs Holytown with the Milngavie - Lanark service 24.7.13

History

Built in York in 1989, these three car sets have been highly successful from the day of introduction. These 22 units with a large seating capacity of 230 seats, replaced all the class 311 and unrefurbished 303 multiple units still operating on the North Clyde Line. The 320's were initially intended to be used on the Argyle line services to Lanark and on the Hamilton Circle, however due to clearances in the tunnels between Anderston and Dalmarnock, it was decided that they wouldn't be used on this line in passenger service, only using the section between Rutherglen and Partick for ECS runs from Shields depot - Yoker depot through this section of line.   Appearances in Glasgow Central High Level by the 320's were rare occurances, usually reserved for naming of a unit until December 2014, when the Lanark service were diverted into the High Level.    From 2011, following a refurbishment and fitting of Yaw dampers and toilets, the 320's finally transferred over to the Argyle Line to work alongside the 318's.   From 2011 onwards, the 320's were refurbished, with the addition of a toilet in one of the driving trailers and a relivery into Scotrail livery.   320314 was first to be done and 320310 was last.   In 2016 an additional 7 class 320s were sent north to work in the Glasgow area.   They had the designation 320/4 and were class 321/4's which were cut from 4 cars down to 3 cars.

Current Workings

The 320's work on the Dalmuir - Cumbernauld / Larkhall / Motherwell / Lanark and Motherwell - Cumbernauld services, mainly in 3 car formation. Since the introduction of class 318's to the North Clyde and the Argyle line in place of the remaining class 303's in 2001, it has not uncommon to see a 318 and a 320 working in a 6 car service as they were built by the same company (BREL) and use the same electrical equipment.

Refurbishment

The interior of these units have been refurbished with fitting of new seats, toilets luggage racks and Passenger information Screens and announcement system.

The sets are allocated to Yoker. All are painted in the new Saltire livery.

 

Class 320 Unit Formation summary

Unit Number Livery Vehicle Numbers Former Unit Name Notes year entered service
320301 Saltire Livery 77899 63021 77921     1990
320302 Saltire Livery 77900 63022 77922     1990
320303 Saltire Livery 77901 63023 77923     1990
320304 Saltire Livery 77902 63024 77924     1990
320305 Saltire Livery 77903 63025 77925 GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART 1844-150-1994   1990
320306 Saltire Livery 77904 63026 77926 MODEL RAIL SCOTLAND   1990
320307 Saltire Livery 77905 63027 77927     1990
320308 Saltire Livery 77906 63028 77928 High Road 20th Anniversary 2000   1990
320309 Saltire Livery 77907 63029 77929 Radio Clyde 25th Anniversary   1990
320310 Saltire Livery 77908 63030 77930     1990
320311 Saltire Livery 77909 63031 77931 The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Glasgow   1990
320312 Saltire Livery 77910 63032 77932 Sir William A Smith Founder of the Boys Brigade   1990
320313 Saltire Livery 77911 63033 77933     1990
320314 Saltire Livery 77912 63034 77934     1990
320315 Saltire Livery 77913 63035 77935     1990
320316 Saltire Livery 77914 63036 77936     1990
320317 Saltire Livery 77915 63037 77937     1990
320318 Saltire Livery 77916 63038 77938     1990
320319 Saltire Livery 77917 63039 77939     1990
320320 Saltire Livery 77918 63040 77940     1990
320321 Saltire Livery 77919 63041 77941 The Rt. Hon. John Smith, QC, MP   1990
320322 Saltire Livery 77920 63042 77942 FESTIVE GLASGOW ORCHID   1990
320411 Saltire Livery 77953 63073 78105     1990
320412 Saltire Livery 77954 63074 78106     1990
320413 Saltire Livery 77955 63075 78107   1990
320414 Saltire Livery 77956 63076 78108   1990
320415 Saltire Livery 77957 63077 78109     1990
320416 London Midland Livery 77958 63078 78110   1990
320417 Saltire Livery 77959 63079 78111   1990