Testing of the first Great Western Railway Class 802 bi-mode train to be built at Pistoia by Hitachi Rail Italy begins in September. It will arrive in the UK in December, and enters traffic next year.
GWR has 36 Class 802s on order for its West of England services to Devon and Cornwall. These are formed into an initial order of 22 five-car and seven nine-car trains, supplemented last year by a further seven nine-car trains.
They will enable the replacement of the High Speed Trains on the route from the first week of March 2019.
- For much more on this, including news and pictures from the Pistoia facility, read RAIL 828, published on June 7.
- For a detailed trip around Pistoia to visit the '802' production line, read RAIL 829, published on June 21.