Splash test for trains

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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.

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