September 19, 2016

First Hitachi EMU for ScotRail on test

Written by  Quintus Vosman
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TESTING has started at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic of the first of 70 class 385 EMUs being built by Hitachi Rail Europe for the ScotRail franchise operated by Abellio.

This is the first of six four-car trains being built by Hitachi at its Kasado factory in Japan. The remainder of the order for 24 four-car and 46 three-car EMUs will be produced at Hitachi’s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, Britain.

The 25kV 50Hz ac 160km/h trains are based on Hitachi's AT200 platform and will be formed of 23m-long vehicles equipped with cab-end gangways for multiple operation.

The £370m contract includes a 10-year maintenance agreement.
The first trains are due to enter service on the Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow Queen Street line from autumn 201

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