Barbie Hippo

Class 175 in First North Western "Barbie" Livery

A fallen flag of privatisation.

Class 175 no. 175 104 in First North Western livery calls at Cheadle Hulme on a peak-hour Birmingham to Manchester working back in 2003. The North-Western franchise disappeared in a franchise rearrangement that saw its services split between the new Northern, Trans Pennine and Wales franchises.

Class 175s are still a familiar sight at this location, now carrying the livery of Arriva Trains Wales, on services between South Wales and Manchester.

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