SWR Class 707s Move to Southeastern
Class 707 moves to South Eastern Trains are now underway, with the first units having moved from Wimbledon EMUD to Southeastern territory. Below are a list of the Southwestern Railway trains and when they moved over to a Southeastern depot. This information is from sighting reports and railway forums, so may not be 100% accurate.
707001 707002 707003 - Moved to Grove Park on 09/01/21 707004 - Moved to Grove Park on 09/01/21 707005 - Moved to Grove Park on 16/01/21 707006 - Moved to Grove Park on 16/01/21 707007 - Moved to Southeastern 707008 - Moved to Southeastern 707009 - Moved to Southeastern 707010 - Moved to Southeastern 707011 - Moved to Grove Park on 05/09/21 707012 - Moved to Grove Park on 05/09/21 707013 707014 707015 707016 707017 707018 707019 707020 707021 707022 707023 707024 707025 707026 707027 - Moved to Grove Park 02/10/21 707028 - Moved to Grove Park 02/10/21 707029 707030
From April 2020:
Ordered by South West Trains in 2014, the now South Western Railway class 707s will be transferred to Southeastern as part of a leasing deal between the two train operating companies.
They will be leased by Southeastern when they’re no longer required by SWR, which will most likely be as and when the new class 701s arrive.
The 30 5-car units are predominantly seen on metro services in south west London and are based at Wimbledon depot. Having been constructed by Siemens at Krefeld, Germany, they were delivered through the channel tunnel to Dollands Moor. Thereafter, they were transported to Clapham Yard by a variety of heritage traction, mainly UKRL clsas 56s. The fleet of 707s consists of units 707001 through to 707030.
They entered service in 2017 and it was around this time, that it was agreed that they would be replaced by the new Bombardier Aventra class 701 units, of which 90 are being produced.
Southeastern have a wide fleet ranging from class 375 and 377s – some of which originally worked with First Capital Connect and Southern. Southeastern also operate class 465/466 “Networker” trains in South East London as far as East Kent.
Whilst not confirmed, I would expect to see that the class 707s compliment the bombardier class 376 metro units on inner London services, to destinations such as Hayes.
Whilst nothing is moving in the immediate future, could this be the start of a wider rolling stock transfer between train operating companies?