Splash test for trains
A NEW fleet of express trains being built for the Paddington-to-Penzance line are being drenched in salt water to see if they can cope with running beside the sea.
Great Western Railway doesn’t want to introduce the new Class 800 inter-city express units until engineers are sure they can cope with the ferocious Atlantic storms that lash the seaside tracks at Dawlish, Devon.
Scientists are conducting tests on the 33 bullet-nosed trains being built in Japan by Hitachi and assembled in Italy and the UK.
The new units, due to come into service in 2019, can operate on both electric and diesel power.