Newly assembled Class 800s head south for GWR
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