New UK trains draw crowds in Berlin

THE biennial InnoTrans trade fair took place in Berlin from September 18-21, with several new UK trains displayed alongside counterparts from all over Europe, and from China.

Several Stadler Class 755/4 bi-mode units being built for Greater Anglia have been tested in Poland, Romania and the Czech Republic, where No. 755405 is seen at Velim on September 6. CHRIS MILNER

Part of a large contingent from Swiss firm Stadler was the first completed Class 755/4 bi-mode regional ‘FLIRT’ for Greater Anglia – No. 755405.

It was possible to walk through the train, including the central power pack vehicle, which contains four Deutz V8 engines, with a total output of around 2,800hp.

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Siemens displayed one half of new ‘Desiro City’ No. 717017, one of 25 six-car sets now being delivered to Great Northern. BEN JONES

Overall impressions of the ‘755’ interior and the fit and finish of the train were extremely positive.

One Class 755/4 has been on test at Velim, with others being tested in Poland and Romania.

Stadler is building 17 driverless articulated metro trains for the Glasgow Subway, the first of which attracted significant interest among InnoTrans visitors. BEN JONES

Standing alongside one of its Swiss cousins, the superb ‘Traverso’ EMU for the Sudostbahn’s ‘Voralpen Express’ tourist service, made for some interesting comparisons between UK and mainland European loading gauges, and what is possible within those limits.

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