Pennine debut for TPE Class 802s
TransPennine Express Class 802s ran across the Pennines for the first time overnight on January 7/8, as testing continues ahead of their introduction into service this summer. Five-car 802201 in TPE livery and 802202 worked the 2052 Doncaster Carr-Mirfield before continuing to Crewe via Manchester Piccadilly. The ‘802s’ performed two round trips on the West Coast Main Line between Crewe and Warrington Bank Quay, before running back to Hitachi’s Doncaster Carr depot. The ‘802s’ will operate Liverpool/Manchester-Newcastle/Edinburgh services when introduced, and will operate on the WCML if required. There are 19 five-car sets on order, with deliveries from Pistoia (Italy) due to accelerate from March. On January 7, 802202 leads 802201 at Huddersfield with the 2136 Mirfield-Crewe.
TransPennine livery has been applied to 802201, the first of 19 Hitachi Rail Europe Class 802/2s so treated. The five-car bi-mode stands inside Doncaster Carr depot on January 4.