Class 180

The Class 180 is part of the Coradia 1000 family like the Class 175 though has a very different appearance with a sleek streamlined exterior [1]. The Class 180 was built for First Great Western to supplement High Speed Trains on services out of Paddington, like the iconic HST they can also reach 125 mph. Unfortunately the Class 180s had a number of faults and problems and their entry into service was delayed until the end of 2001, over a year late.

Information
Number built: 70 (14 5-car sets)
Built: 2000-01
Builder: Alstom Birmingham
Engine: Cummins QSK19 diesel per car
Power: 3, 750 hp (2, 800 kW)
Formation: Driving Motor Standard Lavatory (DMSL)+Motor First Lavatory (MFL)+
Motor Standard Lavatory (MSL)+Motor Standard Lavatory
Restaurant Buffet (MSLRB)+DMSL

FGW (now GWR) replaced most of their 180s with extra HSTs they received from cascades elsewhere (they have kept 5 sets for services on the Cotswold Line) but the 180s have found further use with other operators. Now they are operated by GWR, Grand Central and Hull Trains. They have also been operated by Northern Rail for a time.
Grand Central 180 105 at Kings Cross
GWR 180 106 at Worcester Foregate Street

[1] Colin J Marsden, DMU and EMU Recognition Guide (Ian Allan, 2013) p. 166