Mk 5 Sleep­ers

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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.

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