Northern ‘Flex’ bi-mode debut getting closer

WORK to convert Northern Class 319 EMUs into Class 769 ‘Flex’ bi-mode trains is continuing at the Wabtec/Brush works in Loughborough.

The first two sets – Nos. 319434 and 319456 – are nearing completion, with much of the work to modify the driving trailer cars with 390kW (523hp) MAN D2876 diesel power packs now in place.

The driving cars in Wabtec Brush Loughborough showing the exhaust pipe. BEN JONES

The first production power packs are currently undergoing static testing on specially built test rigs at the Leicestershire factory.

Work also includes the installation of sophisticated new electronics systems, exhausts and two Ethernet control buses, allowing the two diesel motors cars to communicate.

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