Testing of the first Great Western Railway Class 802 bi-mode train to be built at Pistoia by Hitachi Rail Italy begins in September. It will arrive in the UK in December, and enters traffic next year.
Inside the empty shell of a driving vehicle from Hitachi Rail Italy's T7 at Pistoia. This will form part of Great Western Railway 802006.
Cabs that will form part of T8, which will be Great Western Railway 802007. The five-car bi-mode is next to be constructed at Pistoia, with each train taking 45 days to complete.
An intermediate vehicle from a Class 802 during the construction process at Pistoia, Italy. This is from T7, which is five-car 802006.
A driving vehicle from Great Western Railway 802003 at Pistoia, Italy on May 23. This will be the first AT300 bi-mode to be released from the factory and dispatched to the UK. It will be moved by rail. Testing begins in September in Pistoia, and once this process is completed (which takes around two weeks), the '802' will leave for Britain.
GWR has 36 Class 802s on order for its West of England services to Devon and Cornwall. These are formed into an initial order of 22 five-car and seven nine-car trains, supplemented last year by a further seven nine-car trains.
They will enable the replacement of the High Speed Trains on the route from the first week of March 2019.
- For much more on this, including news and pictures from the Pistoia facility, read RAIL 828, published on June 7.
- For a detailed trip around Pistoia to visit the '802' production line, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.