London Midland committed to purchase new diesel multiple units as part of its bid to replace Central Trains as the operator of that franchise.
The first of these units to be seen at Worcester was No.172333 on Monday 25th July 2011 and was soon replaced by Nos.172337 and 172338.
Nos.172338 ventured from Worcester to Hereford with the “directors special” working on Thursday 28th July 2011. Ian Clay was at Malvern Link Station as the units returned to Worcester.
Class 172 three-car diesel multiple unit No.172341 at Croome with one of a series of crew training/mileage accumulation runs from Worcester to Cheltenham on 3rd August 2011. Photograph taken by Robert Cooke.
On 31st August 2011 class172 three-car diesel multiple unit No.172345 worked special trains for London Midland employees only. It is seen at Great Malvern with the 15.02 'Private Train' to Birmingham Snow Hill. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.