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More Class 387/1s heading for GWR in December

GWR 387130 at London Paddington. JACK BOSKETT.

The next batch of Class 387/1s for Great Western Railway will be delivered from December.

Fourteen trains will be constructed by Bombardier at its Derby Litchurch Lane facility, once it has completed a deal for six ‘387/3s’ for c2c.

Both the 14 for GWR and the six for c2c are from a speculative order placed by Porterbrook last year that was subsequently taken on by the two operators.

  • For more on this, including when the final batch of '387s' will be delivered, and what duties these next 14 will be used on, read RAIL 809, out now.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 21/09/2016 01:31

    As c2c have ordered only just 6 Class 387's. More could be done with Bombardier could of build 11 more Class 387's for c2c as c2c wants 17 brand new trains (68 carriages). Whilst GWR are getting 45 Class 387's with some already in service operating between London Paddington and Hayes & Harlington which will soon be extended to Slough, Maidenhead and Reading once the electrification is completed with the branch lines including Slough-Windsor & Eton Central line, Maidenhead-Marlow line and Twyford-Henley-on-Thames line also to be electrified with Class 387's being used on those lines. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slough_to_Windsor_%26_Eton_Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marlow_Branch_Line https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henley_Branch_Line

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 21/09/2016 21:39

    Bombardier are to finish off building the Class 387's which will be the last ever Electrostar EMU's to been built by Bombardier in the UK as Bombardier have built the Class 357's, Class 375's, Class 376's, Class 377's, Class 378's "Capitalstar" and Class 379's Electrostars for Southern, Southeastern, London Overground, Abellio Greater Anglia+Stansted Express and c2c. I think it marks the end of the Electrostars and Bombardier are to carry on building the next generation which is the Aventra trains that will be built for London Overground, Crossrail Elizabeth Line and Abellio Greater Anglia with East Midlands Trains properly to order the new Aventra Bi-Mode trains as the Midland Main Line north of Bedford is soon to be electrified towards Kettering, Corby and eventually reaching Derby, Nottingham, Leicester, Leeds and Sheffield as electrification for the Midland Main Line was postponed but now its due to get the go ahead very soon.

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