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The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
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Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5s arrive in UK

The first five CAF-built Mk 5s for Caledonian Sleeper arrived at Polmadie on January 16.

Built in Beasain, Spain, the coaches have been tested at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic.

CS has confirmed that Mk 5s will enter traffic from October, initially on the London Euston-Edinburgh Waverley/Glasgow Central ‘Lowlander’ trains. An exact date has not been confirmed.

Peter Strachan, Chairman, Caledonian Sleeper, said: “We believe the new Caledonian Sleeper trains will truly set a new standard in overnight travel and we have worked closely with Transport Scotland on their development since taking over the franchise in 2015.

“The Sleeper is known throughout the UK as a great way to travel and it is our intention to improve on every aspect of that journey, while offering great value of money for our guests. It is particularly exciting to welcome the first carriages to Scotland, as it highlights just how close we are to the debut of the new trains on our Lowlander route this October.”

The carriages delivered are seated cars 15001/002, club car 15101 and standard Sleeper cars 15301/302.

CS has 75 Mk 5s on order. These are: 15001-15011 (seated cars), 15101-15110 (club cars), 15201-15214 (Sleeper cars for Persons with Reduced Mobility Technical Specification for Interoperability) and 15301-15340 (standard Sleeper cars).

  • For the full story, and EXCLUSIVE interviews, read RAIL 845, published on January 31, and available digitally from January 27.




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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 16/01/2018 15:47

    Despite these new carriages are being built in Spain. They do look very nice and yes they will replace the Mk2 and Mk3 carriages on TPE and Calendonia Sleeper along with Class 92’s and Class 66’s to be used.

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    • FrankH - 16/01/2018 21:33

      These are for CS sleeper services only, TPE'S will not be as spacious and only first and standard class.

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