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Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
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ScotRail introduces EMUs onto newly-wired Central Belt routes

ScotRail 385109 leaves Stirling with December 10 2018's 1047 Alloa-Glasgow Queen Street on the first weekday of electric service from Alloa and Dunblane to Edinburgh and Glasgow. In the distance is Stirling Middle signalbox. PHILIP HAIGH.

Electric trains have begun running to Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane, as part of a new timetable introduced by ScotRail in December.

The first trains to carry passengers ran late on December 8, as positioning moves to get electric multiple units (EMUs) into position for the first trains the following day. They are operating on newly energised parts of the Scottish network, which were completed during the autumn.

The electric services run from both Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street. This involves a sharp increase in the number of new Hitachi Class 385 EMUs in traffic in Scotland.

SR’s new timetable also features the introduction of a new direct service between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley running via Cumbernauld and Falkirk Grahamston, which uses the new ‘385s’.

  • For the FULL story, read RAIL 868, published on December 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from December 15.

  • For an in-depth look at the electrification, read Haigh in RAIL 868, published on December 19, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from December 15.

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  • AndrewJG8918 - 12/12/2018 21:15

    Brilliant news. Hopefully more Class 385s will be added to operate on those routes aswell on the Shotts Line and Glasgow suburban lines with the withdrawal of the Class 314s sent for scrap. Good.

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