Nine-car ‘800/3’ is GWR’s lat­est IET ac­cepted into traf­fic

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Great Western Rail­way started the week on Oc­to­ber 22 with 57 In­ter­city Ex­press Trains ac­cepted for traf­fic. The lat­est in ser­vice was nine-car 800316.

It be­comes the 13th of 21 Class 800/3s in use with GWR. There are cur­rently 34 Class 800/0s, 13 Class 800/3s, nine Class 802/0s and one Class 802/1 in traf­fic.

GWR has 93 trains on or­der (57 Class 800s and 36 Class 802s), of which all the trains are con­structed, but in var­i­ous stages of test­ing and de­liv­ery.

At Hi­tachi’s New­ton Ay­cliffe fa­cil­ity are 800301/312/320/321, which are due to be sent to Don­caster for test­ing and com­mis­sion­ing.

At the York­shire de­pot are 800311/317/318. Of these, 800311 fea­tures a cater­ing ve­hi­cle from the orig­i­nal pre-se­ries set 800001, while 800312 has a ve­hi­cle from 800002.

At North Pole for fi­nal com­mis­sion­ing and ac­cep­tance is 800317, while 800319 is at Eastleigh for mi­nor mod­i­fi­ca­tions. Two five-car sets, 800001/002, are yet to en­ter traf­fic as they are be­ing used for var­i­ous tests re­gard­ing up­grades.

For the Class 802 fleet, 802019/020 ar­rived at North Pole from Pis­toia, Italy, on Oc­to­ber 17. The five-car bi-modes join 802012017 at the west Lon­don site, with 802020-022 the fi­nal two five-cars to be de­liv­ered, af­ter which ninecar 802102-114 will be sent to the UK.

GWR plans to have all its IETs in ser­vice by early next year.

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