Bi-mode test train makes first run to In­ver­ness

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A bi-mode Class 800/1 reached In­ver­ness for the first time on De­cem­ber 15, car­ry­ing out a test from Don­caster. This is the first time an In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme (IEP) train has run north of Ed­in­burgh - it ran un­der diesel power, with over­head line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion end­ing west of the Scot­tish cap­i­tal.

GB Rail­freight op­er­ated the test train us­ing ninecar 800101, which left York­shire at 0844 and ar­rived at In­ver­ness at 1731, eight min­utes late. It de­parted at 1915 (two min­utes late) and ar­rived at Don­caster at 0233 (37 min­utes early).

No ex­act date has been given, but Vir­gin Trains East Coast said that the first IEPs will serve five of Scot­land’s seven cities from 2019. The first VTEC Class 800/801s en­ter traf­fic in De­cem­ber ( RAIL 837).

Hi­tachi Rail Europe is build­ing 65 trains for VTEC, with £18 mil­lion be­ing spent on mod­ernising de­pots at Aberdeen, In­ver­ness and Craigentinny for the trains.

Humza Yousaf, Min­is­ter for Trans­port and the Is­lands in Scot­land, said: “De­vel­op­ments like this make train travel a more at­trac­tive choice across the north and east of Scot­land. This, in turn, can help drive the modal shift to rail as a reg­u­lar op­tion we are all keen to see de­liv­ered.”

GRAEME EL­GAR.

Hi­tachi Rail Europe 800101 stands at In­ver­ness on De­cem­ber 15 2017, hav­ing com­pleted a test run from Don­caster, thereby be­com­ing the first IEP Class 800 to op­er­ate north of Ed­in­burgh.

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