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Class172 dmus in Worcestershire


London Midland committed to purchase new diesel multiple units as part of its bid to replace Central Trains as the operator of that franchise.

The first of these units to be seen at Worcester was No.172333 on Monday 25th July 2011 and was soon replaced by Nos.172337 and 172338.

Nos172338 at Malvern Link


Nos.172338 ventured from Worcester to Hereford with the “directors special” working on Thursday 28th July 2011. Ian Clay was at Malvern Link Station as the units returned to Worcester.

No.172341 at Croome

Class 172 three-car diesel multiple unit No.172341 at Croome with one of a series of crew training/mileage accumulation runs from Worcester to Cheltenham on 3rd August 2011. Photograph taken by Robert Cooke.


On 31st August 2011 class172 three-car diesel multiple unit No.172345 worked special trains for London Midland employees only. It is seen at Great Malvern with the 15.02 'Private Train' to Birmingham Snow Hill. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.

On 2nd March 2015 class 172 two-car diesel multiple units Nos.172218 and 172217 in the "down" loop at Malvern Wells with the empty stock from the 13.19 Whitlocks End (train code 2M25) to Great Malvern London Midland Trains service. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 2nd March 2015.

Following the transfer away of the class 170/6 three-car diesel multiple units some of the Hereford to Birmingham New Street services were rediagrammed for operation by reliveried class 172/3 three-car units. No.172339 was photographed by Andrew Smith on Wednesday 3rd March 2021 with the 09.39 from Hereford (code No.1M59) at Great Malvern.
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