An­glia re­ceives ‘755’

Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Edi­tor richard.clin­[email protected]­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

Greater An­glia wel­comes the first of its Stadler Class 755 bi-mode trains to Nor­wich Crown Point de­pot.

THE first of Greater An­glia’s 169 new trains ar­rived at Nor­wich Crown Point on Novem­ber 15.

Four-car bi-mode 755405 was de­liv­ered by DB Cargo 66002. Built by Stadler, it is the first of 38 bi-mode units (BMUs) to ar­rive at the Nor­folk de­pot (24 four-car ‘755/4s’ and 14 three-car ‘755/3s’).

GA has 58 trains on or­der from Stadler (38 BMUs and 20 elec­tric mul­ti­ple units), and 111 on or­der from Bom­bardier (89 five-car and 22 ten-car Class 720 EMUs). Both fleets start en­ter­ing ser­vice next year.

The ‘755’ will now un­dergo com­mis­sion­ing be­fore be­gin­ning test­ing on the Great Eastern Main Line from mid-De­cem­ber. They are due to en­ter traf­fic around the start of the new May timetable.

“It’s so ex­cit­ing to see one of our new trains here in East An­glia. I’m sure peo­ple will be im­pressed when they see it - it is very dif­fer­ent to our ex­ist­ing trains,” said GA Fran­chis­ing and Pro­grammes Di­rec­tor Ian McCon­nell.

“Over the next few weeks we’ll be tak­ing de­liv­ery of more of these trains, so cus­tomers will see them around and about our sta­tions.”

Five of the trains will be de­liv­ered to the UK be­fore the end of the year, al­though RAIL un­der­stands that not all will nec­es­sar­ily be de­liv­ered to Nor­wich, with other lo­ca­tions be­ing as­sessed for pos­si­ble short-term stor­age and test­ing ahead of their in­tro­duc­tion. Crown Point is cur­rently be­ing re­de­vel­oped ready for the new trains - the main main­te­nance shed is be­ing ex­tended, and new sid­ings are be­ing in­stalled in the Wen­sum Tri­an­gle be­tween the main run­ning lines and the ex­ist­ing sid­ings.

GA staff have al­ready car­ried out test­ing on the trains in Europe, with work car­ried out at Ve­lim (Czech Repub­lic) and Fau­rlei (Ro­ma­nia). This has in­cluded work on test­ing brakes, pan­tographs, noise lev­els, emis­sions, op­er­a­tional safety, au­to­matic train pro­tec­tion sys­tems, and test­ing on spe­cial curved tracks against de­rail­ment.

Driver train­ing will be­gin soon, with GA drivers car­ry­ing out all test­ing, sup­ported by Rail Op­er­a­tions Group. The test­ing will be on the GEML as well as the branch lines they will serve. Once the trains are ac­cepted for use, the com­pany in­tends to carry on test­ing the sets to iden­tify any prob­lems.

The Class 755s will be used on

ser­vices from Nor­wich to Great Yar­mouth, Low­est­oft, Sher­ing­ham and Stansted Air­port. They will also run be­tween Low­est­oft, Ip­swich and Lon­don Liver­pool Street, Ip­swich-Peter­bor­ough, Ip­swichFelixs­towe, Ip­swich-Cam­bridge and Sud­bury-Colch­ester Town.

The trains will be used on Nor­wich-Lon­don Liver­pool Street ser­vices ini­tially, al­though the Stadler Class 745 EMUs are ear­marked to take over these.

All ‘755s’ are fit­ted with plug and USB sock­ets, free WiFi, air­con­di­tion­ing, ac­ces­si­ble toi­lets, wheel­chair spa­ces and bi­cy­cle spa­ces. GA says they should all be in traf­fic by the end of 2019, al­low­ing it to re­move its Class 153, ‘156’ and ‘170’ fleets from traf­fic.

Ralf War­wel, UK sales di­rec­tor at Stadler, said: “The ar­rival of the first Greater An­glia train on Bri­tish soil is a highly sym­bolic mo­ment, both for the project and for the Stadler busi­ness. We’ve made no se­cret of the fact that we are keen to make head­way in the UK mar­ket. This or­der placed two years ago was our first ma­jor con­tract for pas­sen­ger trains, paving the way for sub­se­quent or­ders with Strath­clyde Part­ner­ship for Trans­port, Mersey­travel, and most re­cently for Wales & Bor­ders.”

The new Stadler trains are fi­nanced by Rock Rail East An­glia, a joint ven­ture be­tween Rock Rail, Aberdeen Stan­dard In­vest­ments and GLIL In­fra­struc­ture.

KEITH PART­LOW.

DB Cargo 66002 hauls 755405 through Ip­swich on Novem­ber 15, as the 0343 Rip­ple Lane-Nor­wich Crown Point. The ‘755’ ar­rived at Dol­lands Moor and was moved to Rip­ple Lane via HS1 be­fore be­ing taken to Nor­folk.

RICHARD CLIN­NICK.

Greater An­glia 755405 stands at Nor­wich Crown Point on Novem­ber 15, only a cou­ple of hours af­ter de­liv­ery.

RICHARD CLIN­NICK.

The Class 755s are ar­tic­u­lated, fea­tur­ing fewer bo­gies (as seen on 755405).

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