New Hitachi Class 385s in Scotland were withdrawn from traffic for more than a week owing to a brake problem.
ScotRail 385004 and 385122 were working the 1216 Edinburgh Waverley-Glasgow Queen Street on October 4, when the driver reported a brake failure near Winchburgh Junction. It is understood that the driver only had the emergency brake working. The train was terminated at Linlithgow.
As a precaution, SR removed all the ‘385s’ out of traffic the following day (it had kept others in use on October 4, but ran them with on-board technical support). That meant the return of diesels to Edinburgh-Glasgow via Falkirk, while electric multiple units were used for other duties as cover.
In a statement, ScotRail said: “The original issue saw a small loss of signalling across the brake signalling cables on one train. The train remained safe as the overarching brake control was not affected. The driver was in control of the train at all times and had the ability to bring it to a safe stop.”
They returned to traffic on October 13.
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