British Rail Class 801

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British Rail Class 801 Super Express
VTEC 801101.jpg
801101 on test at Doncaster, April 2018
In service2019
Built at
Family nameA-Train
Constructed2017 - present
Number built30 x 9-car sets
12 x 5-car sets
Operator(s)London North Eastern Railway
Line(s) servedEast Coast Main Line
Car body constructionAluminium
Car length26 m (85 ft 3 58 in)
Maximum speed
  • 125 mph (200 km/h)
  • (140 mph, 225 km/h with minor modifications)
Weight41 tonnes per coach[1]
Electric system(s)25 kV 50 Hz AC overhead lines
Current collection methodPantograph
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS, ETCS
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 801 Super Express is the electric multiple unit (EMU) variant of the Hitachi Super Express, based on the Hitachi A-train, high-speed trains to be used in the United Kingdom. They are being built by Hitachi from 2017 at Hitachi's purpose built facility at Newton Aycliffe, alongside the related electro-diesel Class 800.[2]

Background and design[edit]

As part of the UK Government's Intercity Express Programme, the Class 801 units were to be replacements for the InterCity 125 and InterCity 225 trains which currently operate services on the Great Western Main Line (GWML) and the East Coast Main Line (ECML).[3] The Class 801 units were designed as electric multiple units. However, owing to delays in the electrification of the GWML, in June 2016 the Government announced that the 21 units planned for use by Great Western Railway would instead be converted to bi-mode operation,[4] and they were later reclassified as Class 800/3.[5] As a consequence, Class 801 units will be used exclusively on the ECML.

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built Cars per Set Unit nos.
Class 801/1[6] London North Eastern Railway 12 2017- 5 801101–112
Class 801/2[6] 30 2017- 9 801201–230
LNER Class 801/1
LNER Class 801/2

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Government gives green light for more state-of-the-art intercity trains, Department for Transport, 18 July 2013
  3. ^ DfT Confirms Second Intercity Trains, Railnews, 18 July 2013
  4. ^ Hitachi converts GWR ‘801s’ to bi-mode operation, Rail Magazine, 8 June 2016
  5. ^ "Great Western bi-mode '801s' to be reclassified as Class '800/3s'". Rail. Peterborough: Bauer Media. 20 July 2016. p. 33.
  6. ^ a b "EMU Formations". AbRail. AbRail. Retrieved 18 November 2015.

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