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Class 321 demonstrator launched for Greater Anglia

Eversholt Rail and Greater Anglia are running a demonstrator of a refurbished Class 321 unit on the mainline this summer.

The demonstrator will show how enhancing existing EMUs can boost performance and will operate in normal service for a year. The four-car unit was upgraded by Wabtec and includes two interiors: one inner suburban layout and one outer suburban layout.

The upgrade provided new saloon and cab air conditioning, metro and suburban seat layouts, a new First Class area, refurbishment of a standard toilet, two wheelchair areas, new energy efficient lighting and glazed windows.

Eversholt will gather feedback on the unit to inform the range of options available to operators.

Mary Kenny, chief executive officer said: “We received fantastic feedback from the rail community following the Mark IV exhibition in December, which showcased the possibilities for the East Coast Mainline. Working in partnership with both Greater Anglia and Wabtec we are now able to demonstrate, not just to the rail community, but also the passengers along the Greater Anglia route, the quality that can be achieved by refurbishing the existing Class 321 fleet, is an incredibly exciting proposition.”

Ruud Haket, managing director, Greater Anglia said: “We are pleased to work with Eversholt Rail and Wabtec as part of this initiative to showcase the customer benefits of a refurbished and upgraded Class 321 train. We look forward to hearing the views of our customers on the Demonstrator train.”

Chris Weatherall, Wabtec Group’s managing director, said: “Wabtec are delighted to have worked with Eversholt Rail in the development of the Class 321 Demonstrator. The project has given Wabtec the opportunity to demonstrate our expertise in creating a modern, refurbished train interior and so improving the Greater Anglia customer experience.”

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Andrew Gwilt   12/07/2013 at 11:50

I like the sound of what the Class 321's are to be refurbished with new Air Conditioning on all 4 Carriages instead of opening the windows.

Andrew Gwilt   12/07/2013 at 15:05

So all the Class 321's that Greater Anglia have are to be refurbished with new interiors, seats, Cabin Air-Conditioning, energy efficient lightings, AC Motor Tractions, First Class Area, refurbishment of the standard toilets, new disabled toilets, 2 wheelchair areas and new glazed windows without no open windows. I like the sound of what Greater Anglia are doing to the Class 321's they own. Next could be First Capital Connect Great Northern routes and Northern Rail to also have their Class 321's refurbished. Its a long time coming but now there is now time to start refurbishing these reliable trains which BREL have built.

Paul J Meek   05/03/2014 at 14:32

Forgot to add no coat hooks in 1st class either

Paul J Meek   05/03/2014 at 14:49

1st class sub standard in my view a) no blinds or curtains making sending this on March 5th (a sunny day) difficult to read the screen b) no arm rests on seats c) no adjustment on seats d) poor seat design when sitting properly in the seat with head against the top of the seat the shoulders are not supported e) some seats do not have tables f) no reading lights g) no antimacassar's ( useful to see how clean the seat top is) h) Air con doesn't seem to be working warm and stuffy (outside 13 celcius) Good leg room. Nice colours standard class in Desiro 444 as good. Comments shared by six fellow travellers. Conclusions not worth the money unless matters addressed Thanks

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