August 05, 2016

Hitachi ships first class 385 EMU for ScotRail

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THE first of 70 class 385 regional EMUs has begun its journey from Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Japan to Europe.

Seven of the trains are being built at Kasado, where fabrication of bodyshells began last October, while the remaining 63 sets will be assembled at the company's new British facility at Newton Aycliffe in northeast England.

The £370m order comprises 46 three-car and 24 four-car trains, which are based on Hitachi's AT200 platform. The 25kV 50Hz ac 160km/h trains will be formed of 23m-long vehicles and equipped cab-end gangways for multiple operation.

The first trains are due to enter service on the Edinburgh - Falkirk High - Glasgow Queen Street from autumn 2017.

  • The Scottish government also announced on August 5 that infrastructure manager Network Rail has completed a £60m project to upgrade the tunnel on the approach to Glasgow Queen Street station. The work, which is part of the Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Project (EGIP) involves the installation of 1800m of slab track and 4000m of new rail in the tunnel.

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