The first Stadler bi-mode unit for Greater Anglia made its main line debut in the early hours of December 15, when it ran between Diss and Trowse Junction (near Norwich).
Crewed by Rail Operations Group, four-car 755405 reached speeds of 100mph on diesel power. So far the BMU is not certified yet to operate on electric power.
The ‘755’ was hauled from Norwich to Diss by ROG 37601, which was used as a standby locomotive for the tests.
Three Class 755/4s have so far been delivered by the Swiss manufacturer (755405/407/408), with 24 four-car and 14 three-car sets on order. Stadler is also building 20 12-car Class 745 electric multiple units for GA.
GA says the BMUs will enter traffic from the summer, although it hopes to put the first four-car sets into traffic in May.
For the FULL story, read RAIL 869, published on January 2, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from December 29.
To read about the arrival of the first Class 755 in the UK, read RAIL 867, available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle.
For an in-depth feature on RAIL's trip to the Class 755 production line, read RAIL 853, available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle.