Since the start of the new May 2019 timetable on 19th May, the number of class 314's required for service has shrunk. With around 60 class 385's now available for service and now beginning to operate on the Lanark and on one diagram on the Inverclyde route, class 318's and 320's have been freed up to operate on Gourock, Weymss Bay and Paisley Canal services that were previously worked by class 314's.
Prior to the timetable change, 314208 was withdrawn in late April, with 211 also being withdrawn on 1st May, with both units now at Yoker for storage. However after service ended on Saturday 18th May, 314207, 314210 and 314215 were also withdrawn from service. All 3 units are currently stored at Shields.
This leaves only 6 class 314's in service to work 5 diagrams, mainly on the Cathcart Circle and Newton via Maxwell park lines between the morning and evening peak times. In the morning and evening peak, there are also services to Neilston utilising 314's. There are also 3 early morning workings to / from Gourock worked by 314's. The remaining units in service are 314202, 314203, 314205, 314209, 314214 and 314216.
On Monday 20th May, I noted the following
314203+314205 were coupled together and stabled at Shields, most likely they will have worked morning and evening peak Cathcart Circle or Neilston services.
I arrived into Glasgow around 10.10am and 314214+314202 had been uncoupled with 314202 working the 10.15 Cathcart Outer Circle service and 314214 working the 10.45 service to Newton. 314216 worked the 10.51 Cathcart Inner Circle service.
I was in and around Glasgow till around 2.15pm and the units worked the following services departing Glasgow Central:
|10.15 Cathcart Inner Circle||314202|
|10.45 Newton Via Maxwell Park||314214|
|10.51 Cathcart Outer Circle||314202|
|11.15 Cathcart Inner Circle||314216|
|11.45 Newton Via Maxwell Park||314202|
|11.51 Cathcart Outer Circle||314216|
|12.15 Cathcart Inner Circle||314214|
|12.45 Newton Via Maxwell Park||314216|
|12.51 Cathcart Outer Circle||
|13.15 Cathcart Inner Circle||314202|
|13.45 Newton Via Maxwell Park||314214|
|13.51 Cathcart Outer Circle||314202|
|The end gets closer for these near 40 year old workhorses as less are required now with more class 385's entering service. One of 6 remaining 314's in service, 314214 awaits departure from Glasgow Central with 2M90 10.45 service to Newton via Maxwell Park 20.5.19||With it's increasingly worn out paintwork, 314202, the final 314 to receive the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, awaits departure from Glasgow Central with 2M94 11.45 service to Newton 20.5.19||With it's increasingly worn out paintwork, 314202, the final 314 to receive the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, departs Langside with 2M94 11.45 service from Glasgow Central to Newton 20.5.19||One of 3 class 314's remaining in service that retain the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, 314216 approaches Langside with 2O34 11.51 Cathcart Outer Circle service 20.5.19|
|One of 3 class 314's remaining in service that retain the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, 314216 arrives at Langside with 2O34 11.51 Cathcart Outer Circle service 20.5.19||A scene that will be history in a matter of months as 40 year old veteran 314214 awaits departure from Glasgow Central with 2M78 13.45 to Newton while brand new 385029 waits to depart with 2B82 13.50 to Lanark 20.5.19||314214 awaits departure from Glasgow Central with 2M78 13.45 to Newton 20.5.19||314214 awaits departure from Newton with 2M79 14.19 service to Glasgow Central 20.5.19|
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