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10.09.13

Hitachi train testing contract for GB Railfreight

GB Railfreight is to provide test train operations for IEP trains, Hitachi has announced.

Testing will cover Class 800 and Class 801 trains for use on the Great Western Main Line, and GB Railfreight will provide locomotives for transit movements as well as train crew.

The work will include testing for type conformance and performance of pantographs, internal and external noise testing and for running characteristics, as well as braking and EMC.

Testing will begin in March 2015.

Keith Jordan, managing director, Hitachi Rail Europe said: “Hitachi Rail Europe is dedicated to delivering the Class 800 series trains into service on schedule and for this, it is highly important to have the right partner to support our testing programme. GB Railfreight have shown that they align well with the Intercity Express Programme requirements and locations, offering a highly proactive response to the scenarios we need to test.”

John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: “The Class 800/801 units for the IEP programme represent a major step forward in the continued modernisation of the UK railway system. GB Railfreight look forward to working with Hitachi to ensure that these trains are tested and commissioned so that they are ready to deliver better services for UK rail passengers.”

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Comments

Ricp   11/09/2013 at 00:32

The 800 and 801 Hitachi IEP trains will not be operating on the WEST Coast Main Line, unless there has been a major change in policy at the DfT. Don't you mean the Great Western Main Line from London to Bristol and South Wales, and later the EAST Coast Main Line, London to Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. I think I knew the difference for my 'O' Level UK Geography. I could excuse were you some dumb blonde, male or female, in the Only Way is Essex or Big Brother, but from Rail Technology Magazine, this is inexcusable! Go to the bottom of the class, young man!

RTM   11/09/2013 at 08:51

Embarrassing typo corrected, thanks for spotting it Richard.

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