Rail (UK)

Driver train­ing to start on EMR’s first elec­tric fleet

- R. MOREL.

The first elec­tric trains have been de­liv­ered to East Mid­lands Rail­way, with driver train­ing due to be­gin just after this is­sue of RAIL went to press.

Six of the for­mer four-car Greater Anglia Class 360/1s had been de­liv­ered by Novem­ber 18. All were moved to Crick­le­wood for ini­tial train­ing and test­ing, with some also due to head for the newly opened Ket­ter­ing Elec­tri­cal Sid­ings. All 21 trains are ex­pected to be de­liv­ered by the mid­dle of Jan­uary.

The ‘360/1s’ will be the first elec­tric trains to run north of Bed­ford. They will use the newly elec­tri­fied over­head line equip­ment in­stalled by Net­work Rail, test­ing of which con­tin­ues.

When in traf­fic, the ‘360/1s’ will be used on the St Pan­cras In­ter­na­tional-Corby route, which will ben­e­fit from an en­hanced timetable. They will op­er­ate usu­ally in eight- or 12-car for­ma­tions.

Built by Siemens in 2002-03, the ‘360/1s’ have run on the Great East­ern Main Line for their en­tire ca­reer, but have been un­der­go­ing mod­i­fi­ca­tions in re­cent weeks to in­crease their max­i­mum speed to 110mph for Mid­land Main Line oper­a­tion. Siemens car­ried out this work at Kings Heath (Northamp­ton), with the work in­clud­ing new pan­tographs.

EMR said dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing re­gard­ing in­te­rior re­fur­bish­ments that are due to be car­ried out.

East Mid­lands Rail­way 360120, 360113 and 360104 stand in Crick­le­wood sid­ings on Novem­ber 17. EMR has also taken de­liv­ery of 360103/116/120, with 15 more to fol­low.

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