West Midlands Railway ordered the class 195 diesel multiple units to replace its aging class 170 diesel multiple units. However the Covid pandemic substantially delayed their introduction into service. Although crew training started in 2021 none had entered service by 21st December 2021. Early in 2022 new units started to go to Long Marston for storage.
On 26th October 2021 Robert Pritchard was at Rushwick to photograph No.196101 on a training run to Malvern Wells from Tyseley.