- 23 Nov 2015
The London Midland random unit allocator was inherited from Central Trains.London Midland had a 350 random allocation machine, it was pretty common for 3+2 seated /2 units to be on the long distance routes and the 2+2 seated units on the shorter routes.
From memory, when first built (both the 323s and the Manchester Airport branch) there was a dedicated shuttle from Piccadilly to the Airport that needed either 2 or 3 units (can't remember which), hence the three units built with extra luggage space. The service pattern soon changed, however.All of this reminds me of the 323 interior spec, where some units had additional luggage racks for serving Manchester Airport. Apparently nobody told them that the Airport runs share their diagrams with the Stockport ones.