British Rail Class 804

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British Rail Class 804 AT300
EMR AT300.jpg
An artist impression of the Class 804. Note the restyled nose compared to earlier products.
ManufacturerHitachi
Built atNewton Aycliffe
Family nameA-Train
Replaced
Entered service2022 (planned)
Number under construction33 × 5-car sets
Fleet numbers804001–033
Operator(s)East Midlands Railway
Depot(s)Derby Etches Park
Line(s) servedMidland Main Line
Specifications
Car length24m[1]
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The British Rail Class 804 is a type of bi-mode multiple unit which will be built by Hitachi for East Midlands Railway. Based on the Hitachi A-train design, a total of 33 five-car units are to be built. Their intention is to replace the InterCity 125 and Class 222 trains currently operating on EMR's intercity routes.

History[edit]

In August 2019, East Midlands Railway placed an order for 33 five-car bi-mode units which will be deployed on services on the Midland Main Line replacing its High Speed Train, and Class 222 fleets. All are scheduled to be in service by December 2022.[2][3]

Hitachi have described the upcoming Class 804s as an evolution of the existing Class 802s with a revised nose profile, with facelifted end headlight clusters, giving the units a slightly different appearance. Additionally, there will be four diesel engines per five-carriage train (versus three on the 800s and 802s), and the carriages will be 2 metres (6.6 ft) shorter due to platform length constraints at London St Pancras.[4]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. built Year built Cars per set Unit nos.
804 East Midlands Railway 33 TBC 5 804001–033

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EMR bi-mode specification confirmed".
  2. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". Global Railway Review. Global Railway Review. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ Clinnick, Richards. "Hitachi wins £400 million deal for East Midlands Railway bi-mode fleet". Rail. Rail. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet". Railway Gazette International.