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Brand new Class 700s enter traffic with Thameslink

GTR 700108 at London Bridge. JULIAN GAJEWSKI.
Govia Thameslink Railway 700108 stands at London Bridge today (June 20), having arrived with the 1002 from Brighton. This was the first public passenger train operated by a Class 700 in the UK.
 
Siemens built the 12-car dual voltage electric multiple unit. It is the first of 115 Class 700s to enter passenger service with GTR. 
 
Siemens is building 60 eight-car Class 700/0s and 55 12-car trains. The first was delivered to the UK for testing last summer, and they were unveiled to the press on May 24.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.
  • For more on the Class 700s, read RAIL 802.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/06/2016 11:52

    So the 12-Car Class 700/1's are about to enter service in a few days including heading to Brighton and Bedford from where they will start at and terminate at and the Class 700/0's 8-Car trains will also start service to/from Wimbledon, London Bridge, Luton and Bedford and even 8-Car and 12-Car Class 700's would also go to Sevenoaks as the Class 700's will replace the Class 319's that are to be moved to Northern England and also to replace the Class 377/2/5's and Class 387/1's to Great Northern with few Class 387/1's still to be used on Thameslink to operate to Sevenoaks to/from Bedford and Luton. And Class 717's are also to be built for Great Northern to replace the Class 313's used on the Moorgate line between Moorgate-Hertford North, Stevenage, Letchworth Garden City and Welwyn Garden City. With 12 Class 317's to be cascaded to Northern Trains or Abellio Greater Anglia and 13 Class 321's to Abellio Greater Anglia or Abellio ScotRail.

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    • David - 22/06/2016 20:19

      The 377s are now all going back to Southern, not Great Northern.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/06/2016 20:47

        So the Class 377/2's & 377/5's are coming back to Southern and Class 387/1's could be operated on Great Northern. Unless Class 377/2's are heading back to Southern and Class 377/5's and Class 387/1's are heading to Great Northern.

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        • David - 23/06/2016 00:36

          No. Like I said, the 377/5s are going to Southern as well.

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          • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/06/2016 03:30

            Ok. What about Class 387/1's. Will it be cascaded to Great Northern or Great Western Railway along with 37 Class 387/3's to be built for GWR and Class 317's and Class 321's to be cascaded elsewhere.

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            • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/06/2016 03:32

              And Class 377/2 & Class 377/5 to be moved back to Southern.

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            • David - 23/06/2016 10:40

              The 29 Class 387/1s currently on Thameslink will be transferred to Great Northern. GWR will receive 45 Class 387s in total.

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              • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 23/06/2016 10:42

                Right.

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    • Isalib - 02/08/2016 11:30

      What's wrong with you. Haven't you ever heard of "punctuation".

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 25/06/2016 21:07

    Also the Class 700's will not stop at Redhill and will avoid Redhill via using the avoiding line known as the "Quarry Line" that avoids Redhill but some Class 700's may stop at Redhill coming to/from Brighton, Gatwick Airport, London Bridge, Luton and Bedford with some Gatwick Express Class 387/2's that could also pause at Redhill but most of the GX 387/2's will avoid Redhill altogether since the Redhill avoiding line was built and is part of the London-Brighton main line with some Southern Railway trains that do stop at Redhill and GWR trains that have to stop at Redhill towards Gatwick Airport from Reading & Guildford and coming from Gatwick Airport towards Guildford and Reading as a turn back point where GWR drivers switch seats to operate the trains.

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  • MikeDavies43 - 21/07/2016 10:52

    are any of the Class 700's in service on Thameslink?

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  • Martyn - 05/08/2016 17:41

    Hi are the class 700s running at weekends yet

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