British Rail Class 397
|British Rail Class 397 Civity|
397003 at Wigan North Western on mileage accumulation tests.
|Built at||Beasain, Spain|
|Number under construction||12 units to be built|
|Formation||5 carriages per unit|
|Capacity||286 seats |
(264 in standard, 22 in first class)
|Train length||118 m (387 ft 2 in)|
|Car length||DMFLW & DMSL: 24.03 m (78 ft 10 in) |
PTS, MSL & PTSL: 23.35 m (76 ft 7 in)
|Doors||Sliding plug, at body ends|
|Maximum speed||125 mph (201 km/h)|
|Acceleration||max. 0.92 m/s/s (3.3 km/(h⋅s); 2.1 mph/s)|
|Electric system(s)||25 kV 50 Hz AC Overhead|
|Current collection method||Pantograph|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
The Class 397 Civity is a class of electric multiple unit which are being constructed for TransPennine Express by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF. A total of twelve five-car units are to be built, and were due to enter service in spring 2019.
The announcement of new trains was made by First when it was confirmed that they would become the next operator of the TransPennine Express franchise from 1 April 2016. In May 2016 it was announced by TransPennine Express that they had ordered twelve new five-car electric multiple units from CAF to replace the fleet of ten four-car Class 350/4 Desiro units which presently operate TransPennine Express services between Liverpool, Manchester and Scotland.
TransPennine Express have branded its new fleet under the general name Nova, with the Class 397 units branded as Nova 2.
An option for up to 22 extra units was available to TransPennine Express, but it was not exercised.
UK Mainline testing of the Class 397 is being carried out from Manchester International Depot, opposite Alstom's Longsight depot. They are running under the head codes 3Q51 and 3Q52, operating Manchester International Depot to Carlisle via Crewe. The testing and mileage accumulation tests are currently being operated by Rail Operations Group (ROG).
|Class||Operator||No. Built||Year Built||Cars per Set||Unit nos.|
|Class 397||TransPennine Express||12||2017–||5||397001–397012|
- British Rail Class 195 - The diesel multiple unit variant of the CAF Civity UK platform being built for Northern.
- British Rail Class 196 - A diesel multiple unit variant of the CAF Civity UK platform being built for West Midlands Trains.
- British Rail Class 331 - An electric multiple unit variant of the CAF Civity UK platform being built for Northern.
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