Class 385 production in full swing at Newton Aycliffe

PRODUCTION of ScotRail Class 385 EMUs is well underway at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant.

The three- and four-car sets are being manufactured in the North East by local staff using many locally sourced components, with the painted bodyshells being imported.

Hitachi has confirmed that assembly of the sets is now in full flow.

Testing of Class 800 IEP sets between North Pole depot and Plymouth has become more frequent.

Alongside the Class 385s, Hitachi is also producing both five- and nine-car Class 800 trains for GWR and Virgin East Coast, with a Class 800 rolling off the production line almost on a weekly basis.

PICTURE: HITACHI RAIL EUROPE

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