Caledonian Sleeper unveiled the interior of its Mk 5 Sleeper today (June 30).
The carriages are being built by Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles (CAF) in Beasain, Spain. They will enter traffic in 2018, replacing the existing Mk 2 and Mk 3 fleets.
Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP visited the mock-up, and said: “When investing upwards of £60 million, we wanted a new Sleeper service that incorporated cutting-edge design, top-class passenger catering and a service that was emblematic of the very best Scotland has to offer. We also wanted a service that would enhance travel options to and from London as well as encourage more tourists to visit Scotland.”
Describing the Mk 5s as “breathtaking”, he said they offered a “glimpse of what innovative and never-before-seen upgrades to services rail passengers can expect”.
The new carriages feature double-room accommodation, a first for the UK. The new fleet will also have en-suite toilets and showers in a number of rooms in the accommodation carriages.
“Sitting with Humza Yousaf aboard the new Lounge Car allowed us to fast forward to 2018 and get a real feel for what will be a new standard of overnight travel between Scotland and London,” said Caledonian Sleeper Managing Director Peter Strachan.
- For more on the Mk 5s, read RAIL 804, published on July 6.
- For more on the CS fleet, read RAIL 805, published on July 20.