First GWR AT300 driving car complete

THE first vehicle of a fleet of 36 new trains being built by Hitachi for London to Devon/Cornwall services has been completed.

The first Class 802 driving car at Hitachi’s Pistoia factory in Italy. PICTURE: HITACHI

The shell of a driving car for the Class 802 AT300 sets has been constructed at Hitachi’s Pistoia factory in Italy.

GWR has ordered 22 five-car and 14 nine-car sets, which will be bi-mode in operation. In addition, they’ve been designed to be able to withstand the rigours of the high waves along the coast at Dawlish, which stops Class 220/221 ‘Voyagers’.

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The first set is expected to begin testing later this year ahead of services beginning by December 2018.

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