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Stadler 755/4 approved for use by ORR


THE Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has approved the use by Greater Anglia (GA) of the Stadler ‘Flirt’ Class 755 four-car bi-mode multiple units. 

These are the first Swiss trains to be built for the privatised railway, with testing only starting in January. 

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The first Stadler Class 745 No. 745002 EMU to have arrived in the UK sits with three Stadler Class 755 bi-mode sets – Nos. 755413/415/416 – at Kimberley sidings on the Mid-Norfolk Railway on May 30. There are subtle colour scheme differences between the all-electric Class 745 and bi-mode Class 755, the former having more white on the side of the leading vehicle. AUBREY EVANS

GA has ordered 24 four-car sets (and also 14 three-car, which had not been approved when The RM closed for press), which have been undergoing extensive testing over the past few months. 

The three-car sets will replace the Class 153, 156 and 170 fleets used on many local and rural services in Norfolk and Suffolk, as well as replacing the Class 37 loco-hauled train used on Norwich to Yarmouth/Lowestoft workings.

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