Bodyshell of Hull Trains’ first Class 802/3 com­pleted

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News -

The first Hull Trains Class 802/3 bodyshell has been com­pleted in Kasado, in Ja­pan.

The open ac­cess op­er­a­tor has five five-car bi-modes on or­der from Hi­tachi. The bodyshells will be man­u­fac­tured in Ja­pan be­fore be­ing shipped to Pis­toia (Italy), where the trains will be as­sem­bled.

They are due to be in­tro­duced from De­cem­ber 2019, re­plac­ing four five-car Class 180 diesel mul­ti­ple units that in re­cent months have been plagued by un­re­li­a­bil­ity. An­gel Trains owns the new trains.

The ‘802s’ will op­er­ate on elec­tric power on the East Coast Main Line, be­fore switch­ing to diesel away from the wires. They have a top speed of 125mph on diesel and 140mph on elec­tric, al­though the max­i­mum speed on the ECML re­mains 125mph. The ‘802s’ also fea­ture 20% more ca­pac­ity than the ‘180s’.

“Now that the body of our first Class 802 is com­plete, we can show pas­sen­gers a first glimpse of what our new ser­vices will look like,” said HT Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Louise Cheese­man.

“These trains will trans­form travel from Hull and East York­shire to the cap­i­tal, and we are de­lighted to see the progress made. The im­ages bring the trains to life from the con­cepts that have been re­leased.”

The five ‘802/3s’ and 12 Tran­sPen­nine Ex­press Class 802/2s will be as­sem­bled in Italy, where work has al­ready be­gun on TPE trains. The re­main­ing seven TPE trains (in­clud­ing 802201 and 802202 which are al­ready in the UK), will be prod­ucts of Kasado.

HULL TRAINS.

The first com­pleted bodyshell for a Hi­tachi Rail-built Hull Trains Class 802/3 stands at Kasado, Ja­pan.

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