…and due to start on ‘769’ bi-modes

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

The first con­verted Class 769 Flex bi-mode unit was due to start test­ing on the Great Cen­tral Rail­way in the lat­ter half of Septem­ber.

The four-car BMUs are around a year late, due to var­i­ous is­sues dis­cov­ered dur­ing the con­ver­sion pro­gramme at Brush Trac­tion, Lough­bor­ough.

Eight Porter­brook-owned ‘769s’ are be­ing con­verted from re­dun­dant Class 319 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units. They are be­ing fit­ted with diesel gensets on two of the four ve­hi­cles, and will be used by North­ern.

A fur­ther five have been or­dered by the Welsh Govern­ment, while 19 tri-mode Class 769s will be used by Great Western Rail­way.

RAIL un­der­stands that the first ‘769’ was due to move to the GCR for ini­tial static tests around Septem­ber 11 (af­ter this is­sue of RAIL went to press), with test run­ning due to take place the fol­low­ing week.

No date is yet planned for their in­tro­duc­tion into ser­vice with North­ern.

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