GWR orders tri-mode Class 769 ‘Flex’ trains for Thames Valley

GWR has announced it will introduce Class 769 trains from spring 2019 that have three power sources.

The deal between Porterbrook Leasing and GWR will build on the former’s development of fitting two MAN diesel power packs into a Class 319 (as a Class 769), adding to the unit’s third rail and 25kV capabilities.

An artist’s impression of a Class 769 in GWR green livery. Courtesy: GWR

GWR will take on 19 Class 769 units to be introduced on to London and Thames Valley services. The move will allow GWR to release a similar number of Class 165/166 ‘Turbo’ units for redeployment in the Bristol area, add much needed local capacity, as well as offering the potential for launching new routes through the city.

The tri-mode trains will operate as four-carriage sets and will be fully refurbished inside and out, with free wi-fi and power at each seat, air cooling, more luggage space, and new seat covers.

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