Hitachi Class 385s
RAIL Pictorial: the first complete Class 385 built by Hitachi for use in Scotland arrives in the UK in mid-September.
The first complete four-car Class 385 built by Hitachi for use in Scotland arrives in the UK in midSeptember.
This is actually the second train constructed, but the first one was being delivered to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic as this issue of RAIL went to press. Testing there begins in September and will continue until March 2017.
These are the first two of six ‘385s’ built in Kasado (Japan). All will be delivered to Teesport, and will then be reformed and commissioned at Hitachi Rail Europe’s assembly facility at Newton Aycliffe before beginning testing in Scotland in November. The remaining 64 Class 385s will be assembled in Newton Aycliffe.
The first ‘385’ to be assembled at Newton Aycliffe will be a three-car set, with assembly due to begin as
this issue of RAIL went to press. This will be used as a ‘hare car train’, where the production line learns the processes needed to assemble the ‘385s’. This will be followed by another three-car unit that will be the first one officially put through the production line.
Initially the trains will be maintained at Craigentinny when they are introduced.
ScotRail has an order for 70 ‘385s’, comprising 46 three-car and 24 four-car trains. The electric multiple units will enter traffic from autumn next year.
Trailer vehicle 442102 from 385102 is loaded onto a ship at Kobe before leaving Japan for the UK. This will be the first Class 385 delivered to Scotland, and will begin testing north of the border in November.
A Class 385 driving vehicle is loaded at Kobe. Two complete four-car ‘385s’ have set sail for Europe. The first set will move to the Czech Republic for tests, while the second set is bound for Scotland.
A driving vehicle from 385102 is about to be lifted from its lorry onto a ship at Kobe. ScotRail has 70 Class 385s on order - the first six are being constructed in Japan, with the remaining 64 to be assembled at Newton Aycliffe.