British Rail Class 800

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British Rail Class 800 Super Express
Artist's impression of a Hitachi Super Express train
Artist's impression of a Hitachi Super Express train
In service 2017 (planned)
Manufacturer Hitachi
Built at Hitachi Newton Aycliffe
Family name A-Train
Number built 13 x 9-car sets
46 x 5-car sets
Line(s) served East Coast Mainline
Great Western Mainline
Car body construction aluminium
Car length 26m
Maximum speed 125mph
Electric system(s) 25kV AC
Current collection method Pantograph
Safety system(s) AWS, TPWS, ETCS
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 800 Super Express is a type of electro-diesel train to be used in the United Kingdom, based on the Hitachi A-train design. They are to be built by Hitachi from 2015. The first units will be delivered for the Great Western Main Line (GWML), commencing service in 2017. These trains will be built at Hitachi's purpose built facility at Newton Aycliffe.[1]

Background and design[edit]

As part of the UK Government's Intercity Express Programme, the Class 800 units are to be partial replacements for the aging InterCity 125 trains which currently operate services on the Great Western Mainline and the East Coast Mainline. The Class 800 units will be electro-diesel multiple units, able to draw power from electrified overhead lines where available and power themselves via underfloor diesel generators outside of the electrified network. The train specification requires that this changeover can occur at line speed. The trains are able to be converted to electric only operation by removal of the diesel engines.

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built
Class 800 InterCity East Coast franchise 13 x 9-car
10 x 5-car
Greater Western franchise 36 x 5-car

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