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Bodyshells of new Northern rolling stock ‘coming together’

Northern have updated passengers on the progress being made on the 98 new trains being built for the operator by Spanish company CAF.

The rolling stock will be made up of 281 carriages, and split into 43 electric and 55 diesel powered trains.

Within these, CAF will build 25 two-car and 30 three-car Class 195 diesel multiple-units, as well as 31 three-car and 12 four-car Class 331 electric multiple-units.

Northern CAF rolling stock 1

Following the decision to introduce new trains onto the network, Northern also recruited a new engineering director, Ben Ackroyd, and Ian Hyde, who will take the position as head of New Trains.

The pair recently visited CAF’s sites in Irun and Zaragoza to inspect the progress of the new trains along the factory line.

Northern CAF rolling stock 2

“It was great to get out to Spain to take a look at the first unit in production,” said Ackroyd. “The engineering team at Northern has been working hard for the last year or so to finalised the designs and get all the paperwork signed off.

“Since I joined in March it’s been really rewarding to see the final designs come together, but it all really came to life for me when we stood inside one of the first bodyshells in Spain.”

At present, a number of empty body shells are in various states of finish, and the first new train is expected to be completed in autumn and rolled out for testing in the Czech Republic next year.

Northern CAF rolling stock 4

The first new trains are expected to enter service in December 2018 and all 98 will be running along the network by 2020.

“This is a once in a generation chance to significantly improve the quality of rail services in the North; we’re enhancing the overall on-board experience,” added Hyde.

“The introduction of these units will contribute to increasing our fleet and our overall capacity, bringing more flexibility and allowing us to offer more and faster services.”

And Jose María Muguruza, CAF’s UK Project Manager, said: “We have been working hard and very closely with Arriva Northern and Eversholt to ensure CAF delivers a design of train that satisfies their requirements and expectations.

“The aim is to have reliable trains with a high performance and an aesthetic design to provide the best possible service to the passengers.

“There are a lot of activities still to carry out during the coming months including manufacturing, testing and approvals activities, so we must continue working hard and collaboratively to ensure we meet our common goals.”

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Ryan   13/07/2017 at 08:18

Ooooh, I might get a chance to experience these when I return to university then.

Andrew Gwilt   15/07/2017 at 18:43

New trains for the North of England aswell the older trains (Class 319) cascaded from London with London already getting new trains to replace the older stocks. As 8 Class 319's are to be converted into Class 769 Bi-Mode "Flex" with diesel engines fitted. Bombardier and Siemens are busy building new trains for London, Southeast and East Anglia. As they are currently building new trains for Thameslink, Crossrail "Elizabeth Line", South West Trains (Until 2019), London Overground and GWR. Hitachi are currently manufacturing the Class 800's, Class 801's and Class 802's IET's for London, Westcountry and East Coast (GWR and VT East Coast) and Class 385's for Scotland (Scotrail). Stadler are to manufacture the new trains for East Anglia and Merseyside. With Bi-Mode Flirts to replace the older stocks used on local regional routes in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambs and Marks Tey-Sudbury line in Essex. New trains to replace the older trains and to bring more jobs to the industry for the UK. As well new trains for Crossrail 2, East-West Rail Link and HS2. With the Class 142's, Class 143's and Class 144's Pacers that will soon to be taken out of passenger service and to be scrapped since being in service for 40+ years. And with Vivarail currently converting the former London Underground D78 Stocks to become Class 230 D-Trains that will replace the Pacers in South Wales, Westcountry and to operate in the West Midlands.

Foaming Stoat   17/07/2017 at 17:27

Thank you Andrew for that comprehensive essay on unrelated matters.

Andrew Gwilt   17/07/2017 at 20:36

Your welcome Foaming Stoat. 🙄

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