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Devon debut for IEP

800101 at Exeter St Davids on October 3. TIM SQUIRES.

Hitachi 800101 became the first of its type to run south of Bristol and into Devon on October 3.
The nine-car bi-mode train, which will be used by Virgin Trains East Coast, was used for a test trip. It ran as the 2110 Stoke Gifford–Plymouth, returning north as the 0205 Plymouth-Stoke Gifford. 
Five-car Class 800/0s and nine-car Class 800/3s will be used by Great Western Railway from next July, with Class 802 bi-modes operating to the west country from 2018.

  • For more on Hitachi Rail Europe trains in the UK, read RAIL 811, published on October 12.
  • For more on Hitachi Rail Europe, read RAIL 810, on sale now. 

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  • Robin Hood - 04/10/2016 11:19

    That's significant progress. Will the testing include the customary "soak test" at Dawlish? XC Voyagers fail this test, so most XC trains between Exeter and Plymouth were cancelled for a time today (high tide and high winds together), leaving the good old IC125s to brave the waves.

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 12/10/2016 13:15

    Class 800 train which is doing test run could also reach as far as Penzance, Truro and Plymouth.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 12/10/2016 13:17

      And also Class 801 could also reach as far as Cornwall.

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