Eastleigh visit for Hi­tachi’s Azuma

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - MARK PIKE.

Nine-car bi-mode 800109 ap­proaches Eastleigh on Septem­ber 4, run­ning as the 1003 North Pole-Eastleigh de­pot. This was the first time an In­ter­city Ex­press Pro­gramme train had run this far south on the third-rail net­work. Ar­riva Traincare is to carry out post-pro­duc­tion mod­i­fi­ca­tions on the Class 800 fleet, with the LNER Azuma the first to visit. The ‘800/1’ had been de­liv­ered to Hi­tachi’s Don­caster Carr site the pre­vi­ous week, hav­ing been built in Kasado (Ja­pan). Its first trip on the na­tional net­work was on the pre­vi­ous day, when it ran south from the York­shire fa­cil­ity to the west Lon­don Hi­tachi de­pot.

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