The first five of 75 Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5 coaches have moved to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic for testing.
Built by CAF in Beasain (northern Spain), the vehicles were taken by road to Hendaye in France, from where they were transported by rail across Europe. The coaches are two seat coaches, two Sleepers and a club car.
Caledonian Sleeper Production and Safety Director David Simpson told RAIL on August 22 that the dynamic testing to be carried out at the Czech track will use a continental locomotive, rather than a CS Class 73/9 as originally planned.
- To read when the coaches are due in the UK, and how they will arrive, read RAIL 834, available now on iPad and Android, and on the shelves on August 30.