Testing of the bi-mode Class 755s for Greater Anglia is underway across Europe, while the first 12-car Class 745 electric multiple unit for Stansted Express is also about to start tests.
Built by Stadler in Bussnang (Switzerland), the trains will be used for type-testing ahead of entering traffic from the middle of next year.
Stadler is building 20 12-car Class 745s for Greater Anglia - ten for Stansted Express and ten for the Great Eastern Main Line. The first set has completed its initial testing and commissioning at Stadler’s own facility in Erlen (Switzerland).
Meanwhile, testing of the various Stadler trains for GA continues across Europe. As well as the 20 Class 745s, the Swiss manufacturer is also building 14 three-car Class 755/3s and 24 four-car Class 755/4s. These bi-mode units were unveiled in May (RAIL 853), and will be used on rural routes.
Testing of the trains is under way in Faurei (Romania) and Halle (Germany), as well as at Velim and Erlen. GA spokesman Juliette Maxam told RAIL: “Each site has its own area of specialism, and carrying out testing simultaneously at several places means that production can be undertaken as efficiently as possible.”
Maxam said that the first ‘755/4’ will be transported to the UK in either late October or early November, with the exact date still to be confirmed. The first ‘745’ will arrive early next year (this will be a Stansted train).
“These dates could change slightly, depending on the outcome of the type-testing carried out in other test centres,” she added.
- For the FULL story, read RAIL 861, published on September 12, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 8.
- For a FULL report on our trip to Velim to see 755404 on test, read RAIL 862, published on September 26, and available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 22.
- For an in-depth feature on a visit to Stadler's Bussnang site, read RAIL 853, available digitally on Android, iPad and Kindle from September 22.