The first complete CAF Class 196 has arrived in the UK for testing and commissioning at Tyseley.
Four-car diesel multiple unit 196101 was built by CAF in its Beasain factory in northern Spain. It had been tested at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic before being moved to the UK.
The Class 196s were ordered by West Midlands Trains to boost capacity on various routes. Twelve two-car (196001-196012) and 14 four-car (196101-196114) sets are on order, with 20 of the 80 vehicles to be built in Spain and the rest assembled at CAF’s Newport factory (RAIL 900). They are from the same CIVITY platform as the Northern Class 195s and Transport for Wales Class 197 DMUs.
A second four-car Class 196 (196102) has also been tested at Velim, while the first two-car set (196001) is complete at Beasain. A third four-car set (196103) has been built in Spain, while 196104 is due to be the first to leave Newport.
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