Pen­nine de­but for TPE Class 802s

Rail (UK) - - News - RUS­SELL WYKES.

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 EX­PRESS.

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.

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