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Following privatisation of Central Trains operated Class 150s in the midland regions of England.
The Central Trains Class 150 units were mainly used on regional services around the Midlands; they were also used on the Birmingham to Lincoln, Derby to Matlock, Nottingham to Worksop, and Crewe to Skegness routes. When Network West Midlands was launched by Centro, some units were repainted into the new livery replaced these classic colours.
In November 2007, London Midland acquired much of these routes as part of the franchise change and inherited the Class 150 units used previously by both of these companies. London Midland’s then-large fleet included the two prototype units 150001 and 150002, more than half of the 150/1 sub-class, and a number of examples of 150/2. Based at Tyseley depot in south-east Birmingham, the units were concentrated on local stopping and semi-fast services on the Snow Hill Lines – Great Malvern, Worcester, Kidderminster and Stourbridge, along the Jewellery Line to Birmingham Snow Hill, then on to Shirley and Stratford-upon-Avon, or Solihull and Dorridge. They were also used less frequently on services to Leamington Spa, over the Lickey Incline between Worcester and Birmingham New Street and on services to Rugeley Trent Valley.
In 2010 London Midland ordered Class 172 replacements for its class 150s. It initially hoped to retain some of the 150s as additional capacity, although they were also wanted by First Great Western and Northern Rail. London Midland was expected to lose all of its Class 150s, but a change in plan saw it retain three Class 150 vehicles as additional capacity, following a statement from the Department for Transport on 10 August 2011. However, London Midland lost two Class 153s to First Great Western as a result.
As of November 2012, the three remaining class 150 units with London Midland (150105, 150107, 150109) have been repainted in London Midland livery; these are primarily used on the Bedford to Bletchley line.
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