British Rail Class 800

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British Rail Class 800 Super Express
Hitachi Class 800 at the unveiling in Japan
Hitachi Class 800 at the unveiling in Japan
In service 2015 (testing)
2017 (passenger service)
Manufacturer Hitachi
Built at Hitachi Kasado (pre-production)
Hitachi Newton Aycliffe (production)
Family name A-Train
Replaced InterCity 125
Number built 13 x 9-car sets
46 x 5-car sets
Operator GWR
Virgin Trains East Coast
Line(s) served East Coast Main Line
Great Western Main Line
Car body construction aluminium
Car length 26 metres (85 ft 4 in)
Width 2.7 metres (8 ft 10 in)
Maximum speed 125 mph (201 km/h)
(140 mph (230 km/h) with minor modifications)
Electric system(s) 25 kV AC
Current collection method Pantograph
Safety system(s) AWS, TPWS, ETCS, ATP
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, alongside the related electric multiple unit Class 801.[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 Main Line and the East Coast Main Line. 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 Artist Impression No. Built Year Built
Class 800 Virgin Trains East Coast Virgin Trains East Coast Super Express Train.jpg 13 x 9-car
10 x 5-car
GWR GWR Super Express Train.jpg 17 x 5-car
19 x 9-car

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