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The first of the ten Eurostar E320 trains on order from Siemens has arrived in the UK.
The 200mph Velaro D made its way from Germany (via the Channel Tunnel) overnight on January 30, and is now at the Eurostar depot in Temple Mills, east London.
The new fleet enters commercial service in 2015. Eurostar spokesman Lucy Drake told RAIL that this first train will be used to help commission modifications to the Temple Mills depot, before being used to train Eurostar’s on-board customer service and engineering teams.
Last year, Temple Mills was upgraded to enable E320s to be serviced and maintained at the site. The new trains have a wider and higher body profile than their predecessors, the E300s. They are also longer (398 metres, compared with 394m for the E300s). E320s also have 16 carriages instead of 18, and have equipment mounted in the roof along the whole length of the train.
Production of the other nine trains is continuing on schedule at Siemens’ factory in Krefeld (Germany), with half of the 160 bodyshells already produced.
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