WMR Class 196 Build and Implementation

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Notwithstanding the already identified issues with the 196s that is preventing their introduction, is the recently identified yaw damper defect within Northern's 195 fleet likely to carry across to the WMR fleet?
 
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Notwithstanding the already identified issues with the 196s that is preventing their introduction, is the recently identified yaw damper defect within Northern's 195 fleet likely to carry across to the WMR fleet?
Seen as they are from the same family of trains and from the same manufacturer, it seems likely the issue will affect 196s too, unless they make changes to damper design on these units.
 

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highly highly doubt they'll stay with WMT permanently. chiltern don't have enough stock as it is

Plenty to be said for it - gets rid of a micro fleet and puts all the 172s in one place and maybe Chiltern's fleet needs will be different post COVID.

They didn't pre-COVID, but their commuter demand comes from the "stockbroker belt" of primarily well-off, middle-class office workers, the precise sort of people who won't want to go back to daily commuting, so it might be that post COVID they can easily cope with fewer units.

Why would Chiltern need more stock to cover? Demand has dropped massively: Chiltern, like every operator, will have spare capacity.

If leisure travel picks up and people are happy to go to London museums, events etc Chiltern could be be short of stock at weekends more than weekdays. Arriva will not care though given their policy of sweating the assets. Sadly now Chiltern is very different from the era of Adrian Shooter.

Back on topic if these 196's are not in service to the current schedule yet others demand the 170's WMR will have a major problem.
 

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