Trio of GTR Class 387/1s read­ied for move to Great North­ern du­ties

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Three Govia Thames­link Rail­way Class 387/1s have moved to Hornsey de­pot for crew train­ing.

From Oc­to­ber, GTR will use the 110mph dual-volt­age elec­tric mul­ti­ple units on its Great North­ern op­er­a­tions from King’s Cross. This re­places its orig­i­nal plan to use cas­caded Class 377s, which will in­stead move to other ar­eas of the GTR net­work, as well as to South­east­ern.

The units (387104/106/ 114) are three of 29 trains that will move from GTR’s Thames­link op­er­a­tions to its GN net­work. Their higher max­i­mum speed is deemed more suit­able for use on the East Coast Main Line, and they will re­place Class 317s and Class 321s that are cur­rently used on trains to Cambridge and Peter­bor­ough.

GTR has not re­vealed its plans for the 12 Class 317s and 13 Class 321s, al­though a Depart­ment for Trans­port doc­u­ment sug­gested both fleets go off-lease from GTR later this year. That would mean 25 four-car EMUs avail­able for cas­cade.

The ini­tial plan for the 29 Class 387/1s was for them to move to Great Western Rail­way for its Thames Val­ley ser­vices that start in Septem­ber (hav­ing orig­i­nally been planned to start in May).

How­ever, this plan has been can­celled as GWR has in­stead bought 23 brand new Class 387s for its elec­tric ser­vices, as well as tak­ing the op­tion for 14 of the spec­u­la­tive or­der of 20 Class 387s that Porter­brook placed with Bombardier last year.

The Class 387/1s are be­ing re­placed on the Thames­link route by Class 700s that are start­ing to be in­tro­duced onto the route from Brighton. The Class 387s had been or­dered as an in­terim mea­sure to en­able Class 319s to be cas­caded to nearly elec­tri­fied routes in the North West.

The Class 387/1s will op­er­ate on GN along­side Class 365s (which were also due to move to GWR, but that move has now also been can­celled) and Class 700s (which will be in­tro­duced onto the GN net­work from next year).

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