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What’s hap­pen­ing on Bri­tain’s rail­ways…

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Swiss-made

There are new trains ga­lore be­ing built on the Con­ti­nent for use in Bri­tain. Here’s the Class 755, a four-car elec­trodiesel unit be­ing built by Swiss firm Stadler for Greater An­glia. The first ‘755s’ were due to ar­rive at GA’S Nor­wich de­pot dur­ing au­tumn. Mean­while, the first of GA’S new Class 720 EMUS was un­veiled at Bom­bardier’s Derby works on Septem­ber 13. PAUL STEPHEN/RAIL

Pi­o­neer ‘19’ proves the con­cept

There’s never been a Class 19… un­til now. Artemis In­tel­li­gent Power has turned Mk 3 Driv­ing Van Trailer 82113 into a diesel-hy­draulic lo­co­mo­tive, us­ing a JCB en­gine and its own hy­draulic pumps and axle-mounted dis­place­ment mo­tors and trans­mis­sion. Pi­o­neer Class 19 19001 un­der­went tests at the Bo’ness & Kin­neil Rail­way dur­ing the sum­mer. The con­ver­sion was funded by the Rail Safety and Stan­dards Board with a view to see­ing if Class 19s could be used on lines not due for elec­tri­fi­ca­tion. STU­ART SELLARS

Vive la dif­férence

Got a diesel de­pot lay­out in need of some­thing a lit­tle dif­fer­ent? How about recre­at­ing this scene? Class 66s might be a com­mon sight on Bri­tain’s rail­ways, but Cap­train cer­tainly isn’t. It’s the in­ter­na­tional rail freight arm of SNCF Lo­gis­tics (part of the French state rail op­er­a­tor). Its EMD Class 66 6601 – given the TOPS num­ber 66999 – was towed from Hull Docks to Elec­tro Mo­tive Diesels’ work­shops at Long­port, in Stafford­shire, for at­ten­tion on Au­gust 20. RON COVER

First train from Spain

North­ern has re­ceived its first Class 331 EMU from Span­ish train builder CAF. 331001 will be joined by 30 three-car and 12 four-car sets. North­ern has also taken de­liv­ery of its first Class 195 DMU, which will share the same fam­ily look as these EMUS. NIGEL CAPELLE

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