First of 98 new Northern trains arrives in UK

The first of 98 new trains for Northern has arrived in the UK.

Two-car diesel multiple unit (DMU) 195001 was unloaded at Royal Portbury Dock on June 25, and was moved by road to Edge Hill depot, Liverpool, on June 28. Testing on the main line will start in the next few weeks.

CAF built the DMU as part of a £500 million order for 25 two-car Class 195/0 and 30 three-car Class 195/1 DMUs, along with 31 three-car Class 331/0 and 12 four-car Class 331/1 electric multiple units. CAF is building the DMUs at its Irun factory in northern Span and the EMUs in Zaragoza. The first ‘331’ is due in the next few weeks.

The CAF-built trains will allow Northern to withdraw its ‘Pacer’ fleet by the end of next year.

Ben Ackroyd, Engineering Director at Northern, said: “Getting the train onto UK soil is a major milestone in our modernisation programme.

“Northern’s engineering and operations teams have worked hard to produce a design that will deliver a real improvement in our customers’ on-board experience. I’m excited to see the first of them go into service at the end of the year.”

Mary Kenny, Eversholt Rail chief executive, said: “As owners of this new fleet of Class 195 trains, we are excited about moving into the next phase of the project and look forward to working together with our partners Northern and CAF on the UK commissioning and testing of these new trains.”

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 857, published on July 18, and available digitally on Android/iPad from July 14.
  • To read about RAIL's visit to the Class 331 production line, download RAIL 846, available digitally on Android/iPad.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 30/06/2018 23:41

    The Class 195’s & Class 331’s will be working on busier routes including the North Pennine routes and across West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester areas. With Class 196’s to be manufactured for West Midlands Trains that will replace the Class 170’s and to send the Class 170’s to Crosscountry or Northern.

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  • Geoff Kerr - 23/08/2018 11:48

    Can the doors on the new trains be controlled by the guard? If not, then the ongoing industrial dispute could mean they are left in sidings.

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