TPE begins testing Mk5a carriage sets on WCML

TESTING has started on the West Coast Main Line of the first fixed formation of an order for 13
five-car carriage rakes from CAF for use with TransPennine Express.

The sets, known by TPE as ‘Nova3’, are being hauled by Class 68 locos provided to TPE by Direct Rail Services.

Each set has a driving trailer with passenger accommodation.

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In its smart TPE livery, No. 68020 Reliance approaches Ashton, Northants, with train 3B02, the 05.16 Manchester International Depot-Bletchley sidings on September 13. KEVIN PAYNE

TPE is sub-leasing 14 locos, and with the new Mk 5a stock, will initially be used on Liverpool
Lime Street to Newcastle services before transferring to the Manchester Airport-
Middlesbrough service in 2019.

Twelve sets will be diagrammed, with the 13th being a maintenance spare.

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