New­ton Ay­cliffe’s fi­nal GWR IET leaves fac­tory

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The fi­nal In­ter­city Ex­press Train assem­bled by Hi­tachi at New­ton Ay­cliffe for Great West­ern Rail­way was dis­patched to Don­caster Carr de­pot on Novem­ber 16.

Nine-car 800301 was the last of 21 bi-mode Class 800/3s or­dered from Hi­tachi for GWR. Nine­teen were assem­bled at the County Durham site (800301/304-321).

The north east site also assem­bled 32 of the 36 five-car Class 800/0 bi-modes used by GWR (800005-036). Pre-se­ries trains 800001-004, 800302/303 were built at Kasado, in Ja­pan.

At the York­shire de­pot, the fi­nal set joins 800321 (re­leased from New­ton Ay­cliffe on Novem­ber 13) and 800320, which ran south on Novem­ber 12.

Mean­while, 800311 was sent to North Pole from Don­caster on Novem­ber 13, fol­low­ing in­spec­tions and com­mis­sion­ing. It will en­ter traf­fic fol­low­ing mileage ac­cu­mu­la­tion.

Class­mate 800312 ar­rived at Ar­riva TrainCare’s Eastleigh Works the same day, for mod­i­fi­ca­tions be­fore mov­ing to GWR. It joins 800319 at the Hamp­shire de­pot.

GWR has 800302-310/313-318 in traf­fic, as well as 800003-036. The com­pany also con­tin­ues to put Class 802 IETs into ser­vice, with 802003-013 about to be joined in ser­vice by 802014/017-019 as this is­sue of RAIL went to press.

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