ScotRail unveils interiors for its new Hitachi Class 385 electric trains

ScotRail has released images of the interior fitted to Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 electric multiple units that will be introduced from next Spring.

The trains feature power sockets at each pair of seats, free WiFi, increased lugagge space, two wheelchair spaces, flexible storage area, a fully accessible toilet in every train including a new ‘assist’ facility allowing companions access to the cubicle while maintaining privacy and windows closely aligned with seats.

The first class area on the four-car Class 385/1s feature plug sockets at each seat, leather seats, LED lighting and more luggage space.

Seven-car trains will introduced initially on the Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk High route (one three-car ‘385/0’ and a four-car ‘385/1’) before eight-car sets are introduced later. When pairs of ‘385/1s’ are operating, capacity is increased 44% compared with Class 170s currently used.

ScotRail Alliance Managing Director Alex Hynes said: “The finish of these trains will significantly improve the experience of customers travelling with us. Their design has resulted in bright, spacious and accessible carriages – perfect for commuters, business customers and leisure travellers alike.”

Mitsuo Iwasaki, Head of Technical at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “We’ve worked closely with ScotRail and various passenger groups to include their ideas into the design and the result is a visible improvement for people travelling.”

  • For more on this, and extra stock for ScotRail, read RAIL 840, published on November 22, or available on Android/iPad from November 18.
  • For a look inside Newton Aycliffe where 60 of the 70 Class 385s on order are being assembled, read RAIL 839, on sale November 8, or available on Android/iPad now.
  • For the latest on the Class 385's entry into traffic, read RAIL 839, on sale November 8, or available on Android/iPad now.


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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 08/11/2017 04:28

    I like the interiors but most passengers won’t like the seats as it be too hard just like on the Class 700’s and Class 387’s.

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  • Fed Up Scotrail User - 06/12/2017 02:52

    Are these the same seat's Scotrail has fitted to 156430 and 156510 because they look the same cheap and nasty and awful. For the launch of a new train this has got to be the worst interior of any TOC I have ever seen. As usual Scotland suffers at the hand of a Rail operator run by a foreign body who has no interest in providing a comfortable service here but only making money as cheaply and as quickly as possible. I for one will be avoiding these trains just like I avoid 156510 and 156430. Il get the next one thank you.

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