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FIRST PICTURES: Brand new trains for Essex and London taking shape

A c2c Class 387 under construction. C2C.

Construction of six four-car Class 387s is underway at Bombardier's Derby Litchurch Lane. 

Each '387' has 225 seats. These seats are around 10% wider than those fitted to Class 357s. 

The '387s' have two toilets and two dedicated wheelchair areas per four-coach train. This is double what is currently available.

They are scheduled to enter traffic by the end of the year.

Porterbrook owns the electric multiple units, which form part of the rolling stock leasing company's speculative order placed last year. The ROSCO ordered 20 Class 387s from Bombardier and then sought to find operators for the trains. While c2c has taken an option for six trains, Great Western Railway will take the remaining 14 trains.

  • For more on this, read RAIL 805, published on July 20.
  • For an analytical look at new train fleets, read RAIL 805, published on July 20.

 

 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 05/07/2016 18:24

    As Class 387 is for Thameslink, GWR and Gatwick Express why not classify these trains on the picture as Class 388 for c2c. But anyway Bombardier only to build 6 Class 387/3's for c2c. But why can't Bombardier build more Class 379's for Abellio Greater Anglia to replace the Class 321's and Class 317's used on Great Eastern & West Anglia routes.

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    • David - 08/07/2016 22:21

      Because there isn't a contract issued to do that. We get that you want new trains but you're definitely not going to get them any sooner without the EU grants.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 08/07/2016 23:42

        Well Hitachi are building the AT200 Commuter Trains for Abellio Scotrail and Hitachi may be interested in building the new AT200 trains once the new East Anglian rail franchise bidder is announced and could promise to get new trains in 4-5 years.

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  • Melvyn - 07/07/2016 18:50

    As a C2C user the wider seats will be useful it also depends on whether these trains will be 2x2 or 2x3 seating .

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 10/07/2016 11:38

      Properly the same formation of seatings as on the Class 357's.

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      • David - 18/07/2016 02:59

        2+2 seating in common with the 387s built so far. Remember that the planned use of these units is temporary.

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        • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 19/07/2016 00:31

          Yes. They be in service for 3 years until c2c is to order new trains or to have the Class 360/2's cascaded from Heathrow Connect & Heathrow Express once the Crossrail route through Central London is opened and fully operational.

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