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Class 387/2s enter traffic with GTR

387201 leads 387117 away from Harpenden on February 2. TIM EASTER.

On February 2, 387201 entered traffic with GTR on its Thameslink network, paired with 387117.

GTR spokesman Roger Perkins explained: “The ‘387/2s’ are scheduled to be introduced to Gatwick Express later next month in line with our driver training programme.

“However, there was an opportunity for Thameslink drivers, who are already trained to drive the very similar Class 387/1s, to operate these earlier (unbranded), and bring to Thameslink passengers the considerable benefits these modern trains offer when compared with the older Class 319s still operating on that route.”

  • For more on this, read RAIL 794, published on February 17.


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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 03/02/2016 10:42

    All 27 387/2's to be in service during this year and to replace the Class 442's.

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  • Charlie smith - 03/02/2016 15:01

    How come these are on the MML when these are supposed to run on DC rails ?

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    • FrankH - 05/02/2016 12:24

      Can also use 25kv ac via pantograph.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 07/02/2016 09:24

        What the Class 442's to have new pantographs fitted for 25kv AC Overhead. That's not a bad idea. If that happens then the Class 442 (which will be renumbered as Class 342) could be used on Abellio Greater Anglia London-Norwich Mainline service to replace the Class 90+MK3+DVT Intercity fleets.

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  • Colin Easton - 03/02/2016 21:46

    Now to fit a diesel engine to all the former Gatwick Express units luggage vans and attach to depowered 442's as useable stock elsewhere??

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/02/2016 09:35

      Sounds like a good idea to replace the electric motors with Diesel engines and the Class 442 (which would be reclassified as Class 244 or Class 1??) to be used on rural routes in Northern England or in South Wales & Southwest England or in Eastern England.

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