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 24 November 2017, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London.
Modern Railways’ Industry & Technology Editor Roger Ford oversaw proceedings, analysing the results and handing out the trophies. After-lunch guest speaker Richard East of Atkins highlighted the importance of condition-based monitoring and the need for the industry to embrace this technology.
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 2017 awards included new categories which split the new generation DMU and EMU fleets into two. This is because the new generation era now spans over 20 years, during which the technology on trains has advanced significantly. With no new DMUs having been built recently, there were no entries in the latter part of this category, but 10 fleets competed for the second generation new EMU category.
The winners were as follows:
Gold – Class 455 – South West Trains/Wimbledon depot/Porterbrook (68,516 MTIN)
Silver – Class 317/8 – Greater Anglia/Ilford depot/Angel Trains (83.6% improvement)
Bronze – Class 508 – Merseyrail/Birkenhead depot/Angel (4.3 minute delay)
Wild card award for most reliable AC drive BR EMU
Gold – Class 365 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Hornsey depot/Eversholt (28.905 MTIN)
Gold – Class 159/0 – South West Trains/Salisbury depot/Porterbrook (104,263 MTIN)
Silver – Class 153 – Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/Porterbrook (52.5% improvement)
Bronze – Class 158 – Great Western Railway/St Philip’s Marsh depot/Porterbrook (8.3 minute delay)
Gold – Class 90/Mk 3 – Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/Porterbrook (56,312 MTIN)
Silver – HST – Grand Central/Heaton depot/Angel (68.7% improvement)
Bronze – Class 180 – Great Western Railway/Old Oak Common depot/Angel (11 minute delay)
First generation new DMU
Gold – Class 185 – TransPennine Express/Ardwick depot/Eversholt (26,684 MTIN)
Silver – Class 170 – Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/Porterbrook (46.1% improvement)
Bronze – Class 172 – London Overground/Willesden depot/Angel (5.1 minute delay)
First generation new EMU
Gold – Class 350/2 – London Midland/King’s Heath depot/Porterbrook (164,481 MTIN)
Silver – Class 360/1 – Greater Anglia/Ilford depot/Angel (167.4% improvement)
Bronze – Class 323 – London Midland/Soho depot/Porterbrook (7.3 minute delay)
Second generation new EMU
Gold – Class 379 – Greater Anglia/Ilford depot/Macquarie European Rail (93,329 MTIN)
Silver – Class 387/2 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Selhurst depot/Porterbrook (84.8% improvement)
Bronze – Class 387 – Great Western Railway/Reading depot/Porterbrook (4.8 minute delay)
A full fleet-by-fleet analysis by Roger Ford will appear in the January issue of Modern Railways magazine.