Mk 5 Sleepers
The first Mk 5s for Caledonian Sleeper are due in the UK in September, with 22 bodyshells already completed.
THE first Mk 5s for the Caledonian Sleeper are due in the UK in late September.
Seventy-five coaches are being built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Beasain, northern Spain. As this issue of RAIL went to press on April 5, 22 bodyshells had been completed. The first five Mk 5s are due to move to the Velim test track in Czech Republic in July.
Caledonian Sleeper Production and Safety Director David Simpson told RAIL that the final fleet composition will be 11 seated coaches, ten ‘club cars’, 14 PRM-TSI (Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability)-compliant Sleeper vehicles and 40 Sleeper coaches.
He explained that the PRMTSI Sleeper coaches and the conventional coaches will have a mixture of en-suite and normal berths, and that the PRM-TSI vehicles will have fully accessible
A completed, painted Mk 5 bodyshell in CAF’s Beasain factory.