North­ern sets dates for in­tro­duc­tion of new DMUs

Rail (UK) - - Fleet News - Richard Clin­nick richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­

TWO Class 195 diesel mul­ti­ple units are due to en­ter traf­fic with North­ern be­fore Christ­mas, with a third in ser­vice by the end of the year.

There are cur­rently four ‘195s’ in the UK - one two-car set (195001) and three three-car sets (195103/105/107). The lat­est was de­liv­ered on Oc­to­ber 25.

CAF is build­ing the 55 DMUs for North­ern, as well as 43 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units (funded by Ever­sholt Rail, in what is the Span­ish builder’s largest ever Euro­pean or­der).

Of the EMUs, three-car 331001 and four-car 331102 are in the UK. They are all be­ing con­structed in Spain (at Bea­sain, Irun and Zaragoza), and all will be in the UK by De­cem­ber 2019.All 98 trains are be­ing de­liv­ered to Edge Hill for test­ing and com­mis­sion­ing.

Test­ing has also been car­ried out at Ve­lim (Czech Repub­lic) us­ing 195101 and 331101, while

the ‘195’ also went to Fau­rei (Ro­ma­nia), where fur­ther track ca­pac­ity was avail­able.

North­ern Project Man­ager Garry Bar­tie told RAIL that the de­liv­er­ies of trains are made us­ing a weekly char­tered ship from Bil­bao (Spain) to Port­bury (near Bris­tol). They are then de­liv­ered by road to the Mersey­side fa­cil­ity.

Bar­tie ex­plained that the Al­stom de­pot is be­ing used as work is be­ing car­ried out at New­ton Heath and Aller­ton to pre­pare the sites for the trains. The for­mer de­pot is hav­ing a new shed and wheel lathe in­stalled, while the lat­ter will have a new bo­gie drop fa­cil­ity.

He said it’s ex­pected that one two-car and one three-car DMU would be the first to be in­tro­duced. He de­nied that DMUs are be­ing in­tro­duced first be­cause of con­cerns over elec­tri­fi­ca­tion in the North West (should it be de­liv­ered in De­cem­ber, then the Bolton Cor­ri­dor wiring scheme will be two years late), adding that test­ing of the first EMU only be­gan on Oc­to­ber 15.

North­ern is still work­ing on the first routes on which the Class 195s and ‘331s’ will be used.

Test­ing is needed for the trains on the routes where they will be used. This in­cludes gaug­ing, step boards and cam­eras that will be used by driv­ers.


North­ern 195103 stands at Edge Hill on Oc­to­ber 22, hav­ing un­der­gone cou­pler test­ing. Two Class 195s built by CAF will en­ter traf­fic with the op­er­a­tor in De­cem­ber, with a third fol­low­ing by the end of the year.


Two-car 195001 stands at Edge Hill on Oc­to­ber 22. The diesel mul­ti­ple unit is one of four in the UK, and was the first CAF Civ­ity de­liv­ered to the coun­try, ar­riv­ing in June.

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