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Golden Spanners Awards 2015

 

Class 350/2 takes coveted New Generation EMU prize but Salisbury’s ‘159s’ top the reliability chart

The efforts of train maintenance teams, depots and rolling stock leasing companies were once again celebrated at the Golden Spanners Awards for train reliability on 27 November 2015, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.

Modern Railways’ Industry & Technology Editor, Roger Ford, was in charge of proceedings once again, analysing the results and handing out the trophies.

Three awards are given in each category:

  • Gold Spanner – most reliable train based on Miles per Technical Incident (MTIN)
  • Silver Spanner – most improved fleet (percentage improvement in MTIN)
  • Bronze Spanner – fastest incident recovery (based on primary delay per incident)

The winners were as follows:

Ex BR DMU

  • Gold – Class 159/0 – South West Trains/Salisbury depot/Porterbrook (248,232 MTIN)
  • Silver – Class 158 – South West Trains/Salisbury depot/Porterbrook (51.7% improvement)
  • Bronze – Class 150 – London Midland/Tyseley depot/Angel (7.6 minute delay)

Ex BR EMU

  • Gold – Class 455 – South West Trains/Wimbledon depot/Porterbrook (57,164 MTIN)
  • Silver – Class 315 – TfL Rail/Ilford depot/Eversholt (89.3% improvement)
  • Bronze – Class 507 – Merseyrail/Birkenhead depot/Angel (5.6 minute delay)

Wild card award for best loco-hauled train

  • Gold – Class 90/Mk 3 – Abellio Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/Porterbrook (24,251 MTIN)

Intercity

  • Gold – Class 221 – CrossCountry/Central Rivers depot/Voyager Leasing (37,323 MTIN)
  • Silver – Class 180 – Grand Central/Heaton depot/Angel (131.4% improvement)
  • Bronze – HST – Great Western Railway/Laira depot/Angel, Porterbrook, First (10.9 minute delay)

New generation DMU

  • Gold – Class 170 – CrossCountry/Tyseley depot/Porterbrook (26,574 MTIN)
  • Silver – Class 170 – First TransPennine Express/Crofton depot/Porterbrook (28.1% improvement)
  • Bronze – Class 171 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Selhurst depot/Porterbrook (7.1 minute delay)

New generation EMU

  • Special award – Class 458/0 – South West Trains/Wimbledon depot/Porterbrook (in recognition of major improvement prior to withdrawal from service for conversion to Class 458/5)
  • Gold – Class 350/2 – London Midland/Kings Heath depot/Porterbrook (130,310 MTIN)
  • Silver – Class 377/6 & 377/7 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Selhurst depot/Porterbrook (189.7% improvement)
  • Bronze – Class 357 – c2c/East Ham depot/Porterbrook & Angel (5.9 minute delay)

A full fleet-by-fleet analysis by Roger Ford will appear in the January issue of Modern Railways magazine.

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