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Scotland's new trains arrive next month

A driving vehicle from 385102 at Kobe Harbour. HITACHI.

The first complete Class 385 built by Hitachi for use in Scotland arrives in the UK in mid-September.

This is actually the second train constructed, but the first one was being delivered to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic as this issue of RAIL went to press. Testing there begins in September and will continue until March 2017.

The two four-car Class 385/1s were built in Kasado (Japan) and will arrive in the UK via ship. They will be delivered to Teesport, and will then be reformed and commissioned at Hitachi Rail Europe’s assembly facility at Newton Aycliffe before beginning testing in Scotland in November.

  • For more details, read RAIL 808, published on August 31. 

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 30/08/2016 21:48

    The Hitachi Class 385's will look similar to the Siemens Class 350's, Class 380's, Class 444's & Class 450's and Bombardier Class 172's Turbostar & Class 375's, Class 377's, Class 379's & Class 387's Electrostars.

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    • Brian - 04/09/2016 08:39

      No shit. You've just listed all units with cab-end gangways.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/09/2016 11:37

        And I'm surprised that you sworn by using the "S" word.

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      • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 04/09/2016 11:37

        swore*

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