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Record turnout for Golden Spanners awards

Photo: Celebrating reliability: the Golden Spanners trophies for the 2019 awards.


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 22 November 2019, held at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London, which saw a record attendance.

Modern Railways’ Industry & Technology Editor Roger Ford oversaw proceedings, analysing the results and handing out the trophies. After-lunch guest speaker Graham Neil from Transport for London told the audience about how the organisation had met the challenge of increasing the reliability of London Underground fleets.

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:

Gold – Class 455 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Selhurst depot/Eversholt
Silver – Class 321 ‘Renatus’ – Greater Anglia/Ilford depot/Eversholt
Bronze – Class 507 – Merseyrail/Birkenhead depot/Angel Trains

Gold – Class 159/0 – South Western Railway/Salisbury depot/Porterbrook
Silver – Class 153 – Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/ Porterbrook
Bronze – Class 158 – ScotRail/Corkerhill & Inverness depots/Porterbrook

Ex-BR Inter-city
Gold – Class 90/Mk 3 – Greater Anglia/Crown Point depot/Porterbrook
Silver – Class 68/Mk 3 – Chiltern Railways/Wembley & Stourbridge depots/Direct Rail Services & Arriva
Bronze – ‘Castle Class’ HST – Great Western Railway/Laira depot/Angel Trains & FirstGroup

First generation new inter-city
Gold – Class 222 – East Midlands Railway/Etches Park depot/Eversholt
Silver – Class 180 – Grand Central/Heaton depot/Angel Trains
Bronze – Class 220/221 – CrossCountry/Central Rivers depot/Beacon Rail

Second generation new inter-city
Gold – Class 800 – Great Western Railway/North Pole & Stoke Gifford depots/Agility Trains West
Silver – Class 802 – Great Western Railway/North Pole & Stoke Gifford depots/Eversholt
Bronze – Class 802 – Great Western Railway/North Pole & Stoke Gifford depots/Eversholt

First generation new DMU
Gold – Class 185 – TransPennine Express/Ardwick depot/Eversholt
Silver – Class 170 – Northern/Neville Hill depot/Porterbrook
Bronze – Class 171 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Selhurst depot/Porterbrook & Eversholt

First generation new EMU
Gold – Class 360/1 – Greater Anglia/Ilford depot/Angel Trains
Silver – Class 378/1 – Arriva Rail London/New Cross Gate depot/QW Rail Leasing
Bronze – Class 376 – Southeastern/Slade Green & Gillingham depots/Eversholt

Second generation new EMU
Gold – Class 387/3 – c2c/East Ham depot/Porterbrook
Silver – Class 707 – South Western Railway/Wimbledon depot/Angel Trains
Bronze – Class 387/2 – Govia Thameslink Railway/Lover’s Walk depot/Porterbrook

Wild card – New Train TIN-watch champion
Gold – Class 707 – South Western Railway/Wimbledon depot/Angel Trains

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

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