Nine-car ‘800/1’ Azuma or­der com­pleted

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LNER Azuma 800113 has been de­liv­ered to Hi­tachi’s Don­caster Carr de­pot.

The nine-car bi-mode was built in Kasado (Ja­pan), and its ar­rival means the or­der for 13 nine-car ‘800/1s’ has been com­pleted. Of the 13, 800102/104/106/108/110 are prod­ucts of New­ton Ay­cliffe (County Durham), while 800103/105/107/ 109/111-113 are Ja­panese sets.

The pi­o­neer (800101) will be a mix­ture. Hav­ing been de­liv­ered in 2016 from Ja­pan, three ve­hi­cles from that set are now formed in Great Western Rail­way Class 800/3s, with the re­place­ments be­ing as­sem­bled at New­ton Ay­cliffe.

Work is pro­gress­ing in the North East on the five-car Class 800/2 bi-modes, with 800203 be­ing de­liv­ered, while Class 801 elec­tric mul­ti­ple unit ve­hi­cles are also be­ing de­liv­ered for assem­bly.

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