…and due to start on ‘769’ bi-modes
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.