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*Warning – blog under construction. This warning will be removed when I’ve added all the details and pictures*

Whilst the sun is rapidly setting on the careers of the old BR built Mk3 coach derivatives South of the Border it still shines in Scotland – for now…

The Class 321 Electric train series is finally being retired in England but the Scottish version of the ‘Dusty Bins’ (The ‘McBins’ maybe?) are not only at full strength, they’ve been complemented by reformed Class 321/4 transfers from the South.


Built at York Holgate works in 1990 the Class 320 is a 3-car version of the Class 321s built for London and South-East services. 22 of the trains were ordered and numbered 320301-322. Unlike their sisters, the 320s were originally built without toilets and with a maximum speed of 75mph rather than 90mph due to the closeness of station on the lines they were designed to operate on. They were ordered to help replace the older 75mph Class 303s from Pressed Steel Co which were built between 1959-61. Originally they operated North Clyde services from Glasgow to Balloch, Helensburgh and Milngavie. Their speed was raised to 90mph in 2010 by fitting the yaw dampers that were standard on the rest of the 321 fleet. This allowed them to operate in multiple with the Class 318s and also extended their sphere of operation to include the Argyle line underneath Glasgow Central and later the Cathcart lines from the mainline station above. Nowadays they can be found on many different routes North and South of the Clyde, including services to Wemyss Bay.

The units have been refurbished twice. Firstly between 2002-04 when they received an internal refresh including new seats covers and a revised version of the revised SPT carmine and cream livery which they’d first gained from 1997 onwards.

(To be continued)…

On the 8th December 2016 class leader 320301 sporting Saltire livery arrives at Dalmuir with a service heading for Glasgow.
The previous day, 320302 calls at Glasgow Central low level with a service to Milgavie.
3 years previously, on the 14th June 2013. 320303 pulls into Charing Cross on the low level line via Glasgow Queen St.
Here’s 320304 arriving at Newton to the East of Glasgow on the 29th March 2012 with a service to Motherwell.
320305 sits at platform 6 at Glasgow Central on the 4th October 2018.
It’s the 29th March 2012 and 320306 is arriving at Partick station on the North bank of the Clyde, an interchange with the famous ‘clockwork orange’ as the Glasgow circular subway is known to many. The station had only recently been rebuilt and extended.
320307 threads its way through the complex switches and crossing that form the approaches to Glasgow Central station on the 10th November 2021.
Platform 6 at Glasgow Central once more, this time on the 4th October 2018, when 320308 rests between duties.
320309 sporting the revised SPT carmine and cream livery with all cream doors seen at Dumbarton Central on the 13th June 2013.
Glasgow Central again but this time platform 10 where 320310 and a sister unit sit in the sunshine on the17th July 2018.
It’s the end of the line at Milngavie on the 8th April 2009 where 320311 keeps company with a fellow Mk3 based unit in the shape of Class 318254. These units had been refurbished and had their corridor connections removed. Ironically, Scotland is also the last bastion of the Class 317 type fleets as the last ones in English service were withdrawn earlier this year.
It’s the 9th of November 2021 an the distinctive and ornate lattice roof supports give away the location of this picture of 320312 working to Wemyss Bay. It’s Paisley Gilmour St on the South side of the Clyde.
320313 arrives at Dumbarton Central with a service from Glasgow on the 13th June 2013.

320314 with the swoosh on the front of its carmine and cream livery calls at Dalmuir on the 21st March 2001.

320315 with a sister unit in tow calls at Motherwell on the 29th March 2012.
The traincrew change ends on 320316 which has terminated at Dumbarton Central, ready to work back into Glasgow and beyond on the 8th December 2016.
Passengers board 320318 at Partick on the 29th March 2012.
320319 waits at Glasgow Low Level station on the 7th December 2016 with a service to Larkhall.
320320 pulls into Exhibition Centre station on the North Bank of the Clyde on the 8th December 2016.
Carmine and cream liveried 320321 wearing the First Group logo on its front end sits inside Glasgow’s Shield Road depot where the class was based on the 8th April 2009.
Last of the class 320322 sporting Carmine and Cream livery and First group logos sits in the bay platforms at Springburn on the 16th August 2012.

To be continued…

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