Newly as­sem­bled Class 800s head south for GWR

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

The sec­ond Class 800/0 to be as­sem­bled by Hi­tachi Rail Europe at Newton Ay­cliffe de­parted the north­east fa­cil­ity for North Pole de­pot on March 17.

Five-car 800006 ran to the west Lon­don de­pot with 800004. Both are des­tined for Great Western Rail­way.

The bi-mode train is the sec­ond to as­sem­bled at the site, fol­low­ing 800005 which was un­veiled on De­cem­ber 9 last year ( RAIL 816).

Class 800 In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme (IEP) de­liv­er­ies are sched­uled to in­crease in fre­quency ahead of the in­tro­duc­tion of the trains by GWR from Oc­to­ber.

Sets up to 800011 have been sighted at Newton Ay­cliffe, while by March 17 ve­hi­cles for trains up to 800025 had been de­liv­ered.

The bod­ies are built in Kasado (Ja­pan) us­ing HRE’s stress-weld­ing equip­ment, prior to be­ing shipped to the UK. The bodyshells ar­rive at Teesport and are moved by road to Newton Ay­cliffe.

GWR has 36 five-car Class 800/0s on or­der (800001-800036). Also at Newton Ay­cliffe is 800301, the first of 21 nine-car bi-mode Class 800s that were to be built as elec­tric mul­ti­ple units be­fore the Gov­ern­ment ac­cepted a de­ci­sion to fit them with diesel en­gines as a re­sult of de­lays with elec­tri­fi­ca­tion on the Great Western Main Line ( RAIL 802).

IEP fleet de­ploy­ment

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