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Final Class 387 Electrostar rolls off production line

The final Electrostar, GWR 387174, at Derby Litchurch Lane. RICHARD CLINNICK.

The final Electrostar vehicle has been completed by Bombardier at Derby Litchurch Lane.

Four-car dual-voltage 387174 was unveiled on November 24, with local MP Margaret Beckett attending the ceremony.

And Driving Motor Composite Open (DMCO) 421174 is the 2,805th and final Electrostar coach. The first coaches were delivered to c2c in 1999, since when they have been used by 12 companies, including in South Africa.

Beckett said of the Electrostars: “It’s a bit sad to see it go, but it is making way for something that will have a similar input in the future.”
Great Western Railway is the final recipient of Electrostars. It has 45 on order, of which only two have still to be delivered from Derby.

  • For more on the story, read RAIL 841, published on December 6.
  • For an update on the progress of Aventra construction, read RAIL 841, published on December 6.

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 27/11/2017 08:47

    The Voyagers and Turbostars have been completed and Bombardier carried on manufacturing the Electrostars before Bombardier started to manufacture the Class 345’s Aventras for Elizabeth Line. But as Class 387174 has been completed. Bombardier will now continue to manufacture the Class 345’s aswell manufacturing more Aventra rolling stocks including Class 701’s, Class 710’s and Class 720’s and new rolling stock Aventra units for WM Trains.

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    • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 27/11/2017 22:35

      In total of Bombardier Electrostars EMU's that Bombardier have built in over a decade. They manufactured at least 480 trainsets (2805 vehicles). In total of Electrostar fleets in the UK: Trenitalia c2c-74 Class 357 4-Car and 6 Class 387 4-Car (on hire until 2019) Southeastern-112 Class 375's 3-Cars, 4-Cars and 5-Cars, 36 Class 376's 5-Cars and 25 Class 377's 4-Cars. GTR Southern-214 Class 377's 3-Cars, 4-Cars and 5-Cars TfL London Overground-57 Class 378 5-Cars (formerly 3-Cars & 4-Cars units) "Abellio" Greater Anglia (Stansted Express)-30 Class 379 4-Cars GTR Great Northern-29 Class 387 4-Cars, Gatwick Express-27 Class 387 4-Cars and Great Western Railway-45 Class 387 4-Cars. Total of electrostars in other countries: Gautrain-24 Gautrain's Electrostar's in Gauteng, South Africa.

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  • Anonymous - 05/12/2017 03:22

    What about the Class 379’s that Greater Anglia are replacing them with the Class 745’s to operate on the West Anglia and Stansted Express services in & out of London Liverpool Street. Could the Class 379’s be transferred to East Midlands Trains to operate between London St. Pancras-Corby or transferred to Great Northern to operate on the London Kings Cross-Peterborough, Cambridge, Cambridge North, Ely and Kings Linn to replace the Class 365’s and working alongside the Class 387’s. Or could the Class 379’s end up going North to operate with TPE or Northern.

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