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Class 385 windscreen finally approved?

ScotRail 385004 leaving Newton Aycliffe. JAMES GARTHWAITE.

Tests with newly-designed windscreens on Hitachi Class 385s have proven successful, RAIL understands.

This means that subject to formal approval, which sources suggest will take a few weeks, work can begin on modifying trains at Springburn Works. 

Three-car 385004 has been fitted with two designs and completed a series of tests between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street.

It is unknown when the '385s' will enter traffic with ScotRail. The ten in Scotland for testing will all visit Springburn, where the new screens will be fitted. Class 385s already completed at Newton Aycliffe are also likely to be modified in Scotland. 

This development follows comments made during a Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee meeting on May 16 by Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf, who said: “I do not find it acceptable that a company with a global footprint the size of Hitachi’s has had some of the most basic problems.”

Yousaf added that First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has also intervened in the situation, saying she had become involved “to get the message across that we expect it to deliver on its promises”.

The Class 385s were due into traffic from December last year, but have yet to carry passengers owing to faults first with software, and then with the windscreens. 

Regarding the new electric multiple units entering passenger traffic, Yousaf said: “It is still anticipated that they will be introduced later in the summer. I say ‘anticipated’ because it depends on the windscreen issue being resolved.”

He said that the two designs fitted to the electric multiple unit were a variation of the curved windscreen. The other is a flatter windscreen, installed in a flat aperture.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 30/05/2018 21:54

    As its been sorted and the problems with the windscreen resolved. I think that these new trains could enter service before December. Possibly October could see these new trains in service. As the electrification to Alloa and Stirling is due to be completed late this year.

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  • maurice10 - 31/05/2018 18:05

    The first illustrations of these units looked very impressive. However, when presented to the public; something had gone? Now with the revised windscreen more of the style has vanished. I know safety is always the first priority, yet the designers must be feeling disappointed.

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  • maurice10 - 31/05/2018 18:07

    The first illustrations of these units looked very impressive. However, when presented to the public; something had gone? Now with the revised windscreen more of the style has vanished. I know safety is always the first priority, yet the designers must be feeling disappointed.

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    • Stuart Burgess - 23/07/2018 22:13

      All the ones I've seen on tv have what looks like door slap bang in the middle with small screens on either side... why dont they have full width screens as 331's Ive seen had? can these units be fitted mid train and that " door" allows passage through to next carriage.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 01/06/2018 17:17

    Sounds good. These new Class 385's should enter service from December this year.

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