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The Office of Rail and Road is undertaking a review to understand the lessons the industry can learn from the discovery of cracks on Hitachi Class 800 and 385 series trains.

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Oxford: Two GWR Class 800 IEPs, 800-028 and 802-003, in Oxford station on 6th August 2019.
Peter Todd 06/08/2019


Camelon: If it were human, only a mother could love it. A Class 385 pulls into Camelon with a Glasgow to Edinburgh service on 6 June 2019.
David Panton 06/06/2019

Hitachi Rail, train operators, and government have agreed, with oversight from the Office of Rail and Road, a service recovery plan to safely reintroduce more 800 Series and 385 Series trains to the network.

The fleet of 800 series trains was removed from service as a precaution at the weekend when cracks were found on some trains.

Following extensive safety checks on their trains, Transpennine Express, Hull Trains and ScotRail have been able to operate services across all of their routes since last weekend.
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Disruption to Scotland-London rail services due to cracks in trains is expected to continue for weeks.
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Passengers on Britain's intercity rail services face a third day of disruption as engineers continued to check high-speed trains for cracks. Trains between London and the south-west and between London and Scotland on the East Coast line are affected.
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Rail passengers in parts of the UK are continuing to experience delays after a number of high-speed trains have been removed from service due to hairline cracks.
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Hitachi apologises after cracks found in some of its trains lead to services being cancelled. [See also item on 27/04/2021 and the Railway Magazine of 03/05/2021.]
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Clayhills Yard: Saturday's 07:52 & 09:52 LNER Azuma trains parked up at Clayhills due to cracks being found in the Class 800 bogies.
Duncan Ross 08/05/2021

Rail passengers are being told to cancel travel plans after a number of high-speed Scotland-London trains had to be taken out of service as a 'precautionary measure' when hairline cracks were found.
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Cracks were discovered during routine maintenance of two Hitachi 800 trains.
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The Class 800/801/802 inter-city trainsets supplied and maintained by Hitachi are to be fitted with a new generation of brake pads and discs which has been developed by Knorr-Bremse to improve brake system performance and reduce life-cycle costs by facilitating longer maintenance intervals.
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InterCity East Coast operator LNER has received approval for its Class 800 Azumas to enter passenger service, conditional on final testing being completed. The Office of Road and Rail has written to manufacturer Hitachi Rail Europe, giving authorisation for theRead more
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More than 10,000 extra seats will be available to Great Western Railway passengers on January 2, compared with the same number last year.


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Thirty-two of 36 five-car Class 800s in traffic with GWR.
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The latest generation of Intercity Express trains arrived at the Inverness depot for the first time yesterday ahead of its introduction later this year.

It is hoped that Hitachi's 'train with a brain' will offer greater comfort, shorter journeys and be much kinder to the environment while its on board computer will make it safer.

Designated the British Rail Class 800, it incorporates technology from Japan's famous 'bullet trains' and is part of the UK government's £5.7 billion Intercity Express Programme.
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Moy: GWR liveried Hitachi Class 800 Azuma, No. 800303 forms the 5X71 ECS working from Craigentinny to Inverness crossing the freezing cold moor at Moy on 27th February 2018. (Strictly as GWR, this is a Int ...
John Gray 27/02/2018

A world first will take place in Yorkshire next month to celebrate the heritage and future of one of the country's most iconic railway lines.

Four trains spanning four generations will travel side by side, in the same direction, along the East Coast Main Line on April 23 2017.

Yorkshires DNA of speed and style through the ages binds together an event that fittingly comes just days before the now legendary Tour de Yorkshire begins.

This will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world famous Flying Scotsman travel alongside two trains from Virgin Trains revitalised fleet - an HST (Class 43), an InterCity225 (Class 91) - and the rail operators brand new train, the Virgin Azuma (Class 800) which is being built by Hitachi in the North East, and will come into service in 2018.

The four trains will travel together for several miles north of York to showcase the past, present and future of rail travel.
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The Digital Railway programme has hit a major milestone as Hitachi Rail Europe began testing digital technology on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, set to enter passenger services on the Great Western route from next year.
The intercity trains are fitted with digital signalling designed to boost capacity and relieve overcrowding as part of the DfTs ambitious Digital Railway programme. A Class 800 train (800 802) has now entered testing stage at Network Rails signalling facility ENIF, in Hitchin.
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MTU, a division of Rolls-Royce, will continue supplying PowerPacks for the Hitachi trains used on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) after a new long-term contract was announced today.
The company will provide additional MTU Series 1600 PowerPacks on top of 250 packs it was originally contracted to deliver for the Class 800 and 801 trains in 2012.
It will also assume responsibility for their maintenance “ both preventative and any repairs or major overhauls “ from 2017, under a contract set to last the 27.5 years of Hitachi's service and maintenance contract for the IEP.
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A trainbuilder has tested its new train on North-East lines for the first time, The Northern Echo can reveal.

Hitachi Rail Europe has driven rolling stock on tracks at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, in a move bosses say represents a landmark moment in their £82m venture.

The engine, a Class 800, will eventually deliver services on the East Coast and Great Western lines as part of the Governments InterCity Express Programme (IEP) to revamp high-speed routes.
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First TransPennine Express Ltd has awarded Hitachi Rail Europe and leasing company Angel Trains a contract to supply 19 five-car AT300 electro-diesel multiple units for use on the TransPennine Express franchise in northern England from December 2019.
The contract was announced on March 31, the day before the new TransPennine Express franchise starts. FirstGroup said the AT300 would be 'amongst the most advanced inter-city trains in the UK', and 'completely remodel the experience of train travel in the North'.
The AT300 trainset will be 'closely related' to the Class 800 electro-diesel trainsets being supplied under the Department for Transport's Intercity Express Programme, but to cope with the gradients on the TransPennine network they will utilise higher engine operating power, and be equipped with larger fuel tanks and brake resistors.
They will have a service speed of 200 km/h, but with the capability for running at 225 km/h subject to the provision of suitable infrastructure.
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The first Virgin Trains East Coast IEP (Intercity Express Programme) train passes through Hampstead Heath station on the North London Line after having attended a media event to launch these trains at London Kings Cross station.

Virgin Trains East Coast are marketing these trains as Azuma. which is Japanese for 'east'. The trains are part of the Hitachi A-Train family, most of them will be built in northern England.

The A-Train design concept includes several elements, the core features being that the vehicle car bodies (walls, roof, floor) are constructed from double skin aluminium extruded sections which are friction stir welded and the hollow extruded mounting rails on the vehicle body to which modular components can be attached.
Class 800 trains will travel on the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross and Scotland, plus the Great Western Main Line between London Paddington station and South Wales. They are electro-diesels which collect power from overhead wires when available and use onboard diesel traction when travelling on non-electrified sections of railway.
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The first overhead wires of the Great Western Main Line electrification project have gone up near Reading.
Network Rail engineers began the installation on November 12 between Pangbourne and Tilehurst - the section which will be used by Hitachi to test its Class 800 Intercity Express trains.
A mile of earth wire was installed, becoming the first section of OLE to go up beyond the existing catenary at Airport Junction in Stockley, London.
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This is what the new electric trains should look like when they run between London and Swansea.
The Hitachi Class 800 express train will run on the south Wales to London road when the electrification programme is completed in 2018.
This computer-generated video and still images show what the trains will look like.
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The first of 122 225km/h Super Express Trains (SETs) ordered by Britain's Department for Transport (DfT) as part of its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) left Hitachi's Kasado plant in Japan on January 7 by ship on the first leg of its journey to Britain.
The five-car bi-mode class 800 train is due to arrive at the port of Kobe on January 22 and will be transferred to a larger vessel for the remainder of its sea voyage to Southampton in southern England, where it will be unloaded in March.
Trials are due to begin on the Old Dalby test track near Nottingham in April and the test programme will be managed by Hitachi Rail Europe.
Three pre-series SETs and the first 10 production trains will be built in Japan before assembly switches to Hitachi's purpose-built £82m Newton Aycliffe plant in northeast England, which will assemble the remaining 109 trains.
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The first of 122 trainsets for inter-city services on the East Coast and Great Western main lines was unveiled at Hitachi's factory at Kasado in southwest Japan on November 13.
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A £1.2bn deal to build new UK trains has been won by Hitachi Rail Europe.
The firm will build 270 carriages at a new factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, which will start production in 2016.
The carriages are part of the class 800 series and will go into operation on the East Coast Main Line from 2019.
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Drem: A Deltic at speed with a Kings Cross - Edinburgh train on the ECML near Drem in the 1960s. North Berwick Law stands in the left background.
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Tollerton: The up 'Flying Scotsman' hurries past flooded fields on the approach to Tollerton, approximately 10 miles north of York, on 25 March 2010.
John Furnevel 25/03/2010


Joppa [2nd]: With only three miles to go, the non-stop London - Edinburgh 'Elizabethan' passes through Joppa on a fine summer's day in August 1959. The locomotive is one of Kings Cross shed's corridor-tende ...
A Snapper (Courtesy Bruce McCartney) 08/08/1959

The Digital Railway programme has hit a major milestone as Hitachi Rail Europe began testing digital technology on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, set to enter passenger services on the Great Western route from next year.
The intercity trains are fitted with digital signalling designed to boost capacity and relieve overcrowding as part of the DfTs ambitious Digital Railway programme. A Class 800 train (800 802) has now entered testing stage at Network Rails signalling facility ENIF, in Hitchin.
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