First Mk5a bodyshell for TPE completed at Spanish plant

COMPLETION of the construction of the first bodyshell for the new Mk5a carriages for the TransPennine Express franchise has been confirmed by the operator.

CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles), in Spain, is producing 66 carriages for TransPennine, which will be formed into 13 five-carriage sets that will include a driving carriage.

The finished bodyshell at CAF’s Beasain plant in Spain.

Three vehicles will be maintenance spares.

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