Hi­tachi Class 385s

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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.

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