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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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Published on 18 Mar 2016
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. [From Richard Buckby]
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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. [From Richard Buckby]
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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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