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Northern unveils its first new CAF-built train.

The first complete four-car Class 331 electric multiple unit for Northern has been unveiled in Zaragoza, Spain.

The EMU is undergoing various tests at the CAF factory where it was built, before it is moved to Velim in the Czech Republic for further tests.

The first CAF-built train for Northern is expected in the UK in May, with the first train in traffic from December. That is planned to be Class 195 diesel multiple unit.

Northern’s plan is to introduce the trains initially between the North West and Manchester Airport, and between Chester and Leeds.

A three-car Class 195 DMU is complete at Irun, northern Spain, and that is currently undergoing testing. CAF explained that all EMUs will be built in Zaragoza, with all DMUs built in Irun. Bogies for both fleets will be manufactured in CAF’s Beasain factory, in northern Spain.

CAF is building 98 trains for Northern in a £490 million deal financed by Eversholt Rail. This involves 25 two-car and 30 three-car Class 195 DMUs and 31 three-car and 12 four-car Class 331 EMUs. They will enable the operator to remove Pacers from traffic and internally cascade other fleets.

  • For much more from Zaragoza, including news and a feature, read RAIL 846, published on February 14, and available digitally on Android and iPad from February 10.

 

 

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  • AndrewJGwilt1989 - 31/01/2018 21:37

    Coming along very nicely. New trains for the North of England is needed. Whilst the South is already getting more new trains being delivered and manufactured. Including London which is to receive new extra trains.

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    • Noam Bleicher - 01/02/2018 10:21

      The finish looks good but legroom looks small and window alignment is poor. For suburban work, wouldn't it make more sense to have 2+3 seating with more bays aligned with windows? Or a mix of this and the layout shown above?

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  • Noam Bleicher - 01/02/2018 10:20

    The finish looks good but legroom looks small and window alignment is poor. For suburban work, wouldn't it make more sense to have 2+3 seating with more bays aligned with windows? Or a mix of this and the layout shown above?

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