First GWR nine-car Class 800/3 on main line

Rail (UK) - - News - KIM FULLBROOK.

On De­cem­ber 12 2017, Hi­tachi Rail Europe 800302 passes Twyford with a North Pole-Stoke Gif­ford test run. This is the first of 21 nine-car Class 800/3s de­liv­ered by HRE for test­ing. Orig­i­nally due to be Class 801/3 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units, the or­der was changed in 2016 ( RAIL 802) as a re­sult of de­lays to the Great Western elec­tri­fi­ca­tion pro­gramme. Great Western Rail­way says the first ‘800/3’ will en­ter traf­fic in June. Three were built in Kasado in Ja­pan (800301-800303), while the first UK-as­sem­bled set is 800304, which has be­gun test­ing at New­ton Ay­cliffe.

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