North­ern’s fleet

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The first Class 195 DMUs and Class 331 EMUs bound for North­ern are tak­ing shape in Span­ish fac­tory.

THE first Class 195 diesel mul­ti­ple units (DMUs) and ‘331’ elec­tric mul­ti­ple units (EMUs) for North­ern are tak­ing shape in Spain.

It is the first of 281 new ve­hi­cles on or­der for North­ern. Funded by Ever­sholt Rail, the £492 mil­lion or­der was placed af­ter Ar­riva won the fran­chise. Forty-three EMUs and 55 diesel mul­ti­ple units are on or­der, with the first ar­riv­ing in the UK in spring 2018 and en­ter­ing traf­fic in De­cem­ber next year.

CAF ªCon­struc­ciones y Aux­il­iar de Fer­ro­car­riles) is build­ing them at its Irun and Zaragoza fac­to­ries. Upon com­ple­tion, the first new trains will move to the Ve­lim test track in the Czech Repub­lic. This will in­clude both DMU and EMU trains, as well as the in­te­gra­tion of the unit sys­tems for func­tion­al­ity.

“The new trains, and the tech­nol­ogy on board them, mean a whole new main­te­nance regime - there will be fewer span­ners and more soft­ware up­dates,” said North­ern Engi­neer­ing Di­rec­tor Ben Ack­royd.

“While the new trains are be­ing built, we also have to make ma­jor up­dates to the de­pots and train the em­ploy­ees who will be un­der­tak­ing that work at Aller­ton near Liver­pool and New­ton Heath near Manch­ester. In ad­di­tion, we have to get all of our on-train crews trained, ready to take the units into ser­vice in De­cem­ber 2018.”

Aller­ton and New­ton Heath de­pots are to be updated for the trains.

The bodyshells are alu­minium with open gang­ways, and will have one-third, two-third dou­ble-leaf doors sup­plied by IFE. North­ern said these doors are de­signed to max­imise space for exit and en­try. Fainsa seat­ing will be fit­ted, while power sock­ets will be fit­ted to each pair of seats.

CAF run­ning gear and bo­gies will be fit­ted, while the trains will use Dell­ner cou­plers. They will all be air-con­di­tioned and ca­pa­ble of 100mph. MTU is sup­ply­ing power packs for the Class 195 DMUs, and these will have a ZF trans­mis­sion and fi­nal drive as­sem­bly. The EMU will have an ABB trans­former with CAF trac­tion pack­age.

All trains will be equipped with free WiFi and pas­sen­ger in­for­ma­tion screens. There will be TFT screens rather than scrolling dis­plays, and these will be linked to the Dar­win sys­tem to give up-to-

the-minute run­ning in­for­ma­tion for pas­sen­gers. CCTV will also be fit­ted. All 98 trains will be in traf­fic by De­cem­ber 2019.

“This is a once in a gen­er­a­tion chance to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the qual­ity of rail ser­vices in the North. The in­tro­duc­tion of these units will con­trib­ute to in­creas­ing our fleet and our over­all ca­pac­ity, bring­ing more flex­i­bil­ity and al­low­ing us to of­fer more and faster ser­vices,” said Ian Hyde, North­ern’s head of new trains.

Ever­sholt Rail Chief Op­er­at­ing Of­fi­cer Andy Course said: “We have in­vested £492m in these new trains, which are a fan­tas­tic ad­di­tion to our grow­ing port­fo­lio. We are work­ing hard with North­ern to help get them into ser­vice as quickly as pos­si­ble, to of­fer a much-im­proved ser­vice to their pas­sen­gers.”

CAF UK Project Man­ager Jose María Mugu­ruza said: “The aim is to have re­li­able trains with a high per­for­mance and an aes­thetic de­sign to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ser­vice to the pas­sen­gers. All the key stake­hold­ers - ORR, Net­work Rail, SNC-Lavalin - are deeply in­volved in the ap­provals process and have been very col­lab­o­ra­tive, help­ful and sup­port­ive dur­ing the en­tire process.”


All 98 of North­ern’s new DMU/EMU fleet will have one-third, two-third doors. This is the first bodyshell of a Class 195 driv­ing ve­hi­cle.


Inside a CAF bodyshell. There are 43 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units and 55 diesel mul­ti­ple units on or­der, with the first due in the UK next spring and all in the UK by De­cem­ber 2019.


The bodyshell of the first North­ern Class 195 in Irun, Spain.

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