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First Great Western is a railway operating company in the United Kingdom that operates the Great Western and Greater Western railway franchises.

First Great Western
Details

Founded

1998

Founder(s)

Timmy O Toole

Headquarters

Aberdeen (UK)

Products / Services

Rail services in the South West of England and to London.

Owner

Timmy 'O' Toole

Website

www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk

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HistoryEdit

The service was formed when First Group bid for the Great Western Franchise under trading name First Great Western Trains Limited, and the local services in the east where provided by first Great Western Link, a company operated by Go-Ahead, although by March 2004 the service was 75% owned by First Group.

Wessix TrainsEdit

In the South-West, the services now part of the Greater Western Franchise where operated by National Express, under trading name Wessex Trains, until 2006, when the franchise was re-bid. Afterwards, First Great Western continued to use the stock left over

Great Western TrainsEdit

A First Group enterprise and the basis for the intercity segment of the Greater Western framnchise.

OperationsEdit

The company's main route is a trunk London to 'The West' route, via Exeter, Bristol, and Plymouth. around this route, they operate a large host of suburban and link services to nearby locations, therefore they operate the routes around the historic Devon and Cornwall coast.

Great Western RailwayEdit

See: Great Western Railway

Heathrow ConnectEdit

See: Heathrow Connect

Exe Valley Edit

See: Tarka Line , Advocet line , Riveria Line .

Rolling StockEdit

Class Image Type Top speed Number Cars per set Routes
mph km/h
Class 43 High Speed Train Class 43 leaving diesel locomotive 125 200 117 N/A Daytime intercity services to Cardiff, Swansea, Carmarthen, Cheltenham Spa, Plymouth, Paignton, Bristol, Weston-super-Mare, Penzance, Exeter, Pembroke, Worcester and Hereford.
Mark 3 Coach Passenger Coach 125 200 464 N/A All routes operated by HSTs.
Class 57/6 diesel locomotive 95 152 4 N/A Night Riviera
Mark 3 Sleeper Coach Passenger Coach 125 200 50 N/A Night Riviera
Class 143 Pacer Pacer Railbus Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 8 2 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 150/0 Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 2 3 Reading - Basingstoke
Class 150/1 Sprinter Class 150 Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 15 2 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 150/2 Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 26 2 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 150/9 Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 2 3 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 153 Super Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 75 120 14 1 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 158/0 Express Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 90 145 2 2 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 158/0 Express Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 90 145 1 3 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 158/9 Express Sprinter Diesel Multiple Unit 90 145 12 3 Former Wessex Trains services
Class 165/1 Network Turbo Diesel Multiple Unit 90 145 36 2/3 Former First Great Western Link services
Class 166 Network Express Turbo Diesel Multiple Unit 90 145 21 3 Former First Great Western Link services
Class 180 Adelante Diesel Multiple Unit 125 200 5 5 London Paddington - Worcester/Great Malvern/Hereford/Oxford

ReferencesEdit

Site: Wikipedia.org

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