British Rail Class 800

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British Rail Class 800 Super Express
800001 undergoing dynamic testing at Old Dalby
Hitachi Class 800 undergoing dynamic testing at Old Dalby
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
InterCity 225
Number under construction 32 x 9-car sets
27 x 5-car sets
Operator(s) 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), beginning 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 can be converted to electric-only operation by removal of the diesel engines.

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos.
Class 800 Great Western Railway 19 9
17 5
Class 800/1[2] Virgin Trains East Coast 13 9 800101–113
Class 800/2[3] 10 5 800201–210
Class 800/3 First Hull Trains 5 5 or 9

In September 2015 Hull Trains announced that it has plans to invest £68m in a fleet of Bi-Mode trains[4]

Artist impressions[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Government gives green light for more state-of-the-art intercity trains, Department for Transport, 18 July 2013 
  2. ^ "EMU Formations". AbRail. AbRail. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  3. ^ "EMU Formations". AbRail. AbRail. Retrieved 18 November 2015. 
  4. ^ Hull Trains Enters Industry Consultation for New High-speed Units, Hull Trains, 3 September 2015 , which may be Hitachi AT300.

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