During 1999/2000, Central Trains took delivery of twenty-three (23) two-car diesel hydraulic diesel multiple units of class 170/5. These have similar mechanical characteristics to other sub class 170s. Running numbers being 50501 to 50523 and 79501 to 79523. The units were based at Tyseley Depot and passed to the London Midland franchise (Nos.170501 to 170517) and Cross Country Trains (No.170518 to 170523) when the Central Trains franchise expired in November 2007.
The 23rd and last unit from the Central Trains order for two-car trains (No.170523) has just passed back onto the double track section of line from Worcester Foregate Street to Droitwich on a train for Birmingham New Street on 17th October 2006.
Class 170/5 No.170514 was bound for Birmingham New Street when photographed from the bridge just to the south of Bromsgrove Station on 24th September 2007. The unit is in Central Trains livery.
London Midland livery No.170508 (car no.50508 leading) is passing First Great Western class 158/9 unit No.158950 at Great Malvern. No.170508 had charge of the 13:49 from Birmingham New Street to Hereford. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 19th January 2011.
In the distinctive livery of Cross Country Trains two-car class 170/5 diesel multiple unit No.170521 ascended the Lickey Incline on 26th July 2010 with the 13:45 service from Cardiff to Nottingham.
Two-car class 170/5 diesel multiple unit No.170515 departs from Droitwich Spa Station with the 12:39 service from Hereford to Birmingham New Street departs from Droitwich Spa Station on 8th March 2011. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.
All photographs were taken by Andrew Smith.