Two more new Class 387/1s are undergoing commissioning, while two others have entered traffic with Govia Thameslink Railway.
This leaves just two of the 29 four-car 110mph Electrostars left to be commissioned on the main line, and four still to enter traffic with GTR. All should be in traffic by May 16.
The ‘387s’ being commissioned are 387104 and 387129. They were moved from Derby Litchurch Lane to Bletchley on April 8 and April 20 respectively. They will be tested on the West Coast Main Line, driven by Freightliner Heavy Haul drivers, after which they will move to Brighton Lovers Walk ready for their entry into traffic.
The latest ‘387s’ to enter traffic (387103 and 387128) began their working careers on April 20 and April 21 respectively.
Still to be delivered are 387101 and 387102. These, like 387104, were released from Bombardier last year for initial tests before returning to Derby.
From early next year the 29 Class 387/1s will start moving to First Great Western for use on the Thames Valley route (RAIL 772). They will initially be used between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington.
- For more on this subject, see RAIL 774 published on May 13 2015