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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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In a UK-first, Hitachi Rail and Eversholt Rail have signed an exclusive agreement aimed at bringing battery power and fuel savings of more than 20% to the modern Great Western Railway Intercity Express Trains that carry passengers between Penzance and London.
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'Our aspiration is to do more and continue to advance high-speed train technology and the benefit they can offer passengers around the world,' - Nick Hughes.
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North east of England is 'synonymous with the best trains in the world' according to Hitachi's Newton Aycliffe factory's local MP
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Thursday 3rd September marks the five year anniversary of Hitachi Rail officially opening its state-of-the-art train manufacturing factory in Newton Aycliffe. From the empty shell that was opened by then Prime Minister David Cameron, the team has built 192 trains over the last five years that are now in service.
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Hitachi Rail and Hyperdrive Innovation have signed an exclusive agreement to develop battery packs to power zero-emission trains and create a battery hub in the North East.
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Transport operator FirstGroup has announced that it has procured new trains and a team for First Rails new Edinburgh-London service.
The new service will be an open-access venture that will offer high-quality and low-cost direct service connecting Edinburgh and London. It will begin operations late next year.
This rail line is expected to offer electric trains as a cheaper and sustainable mode of transport when compared with air-based travel. Additionally, the first train of the new five-car Hitachi electric fleet for the new service has been delivered for assembly at the manufacturers Newton Aycliffe facility.
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In December, ScotRail accepted into service the last of the 70 Class 385 EMUs that Abellio had ordered from Hitachi in a £475 million contract. This was signed in April 2015, just before the company took over the ScotRail franchise. The completion of this order, together with the introduction of HSTs on Scottish intercity routes, []
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Five organisations are bidding for a contract to design, manufacture and maintain the trains for the first phase of HS2. The original list was Alstom, Bombardier, Hitachi, Siemens and Talgo. When Bombardier and Hitachi decided to make a joint bid, CAF was added to the list to maintain five bidders.
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Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail have announced they will form a joint venture to compete for the £2.75 billion contract.
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Once a final design for new windscreens has been approved for ScotRail Class 385s, the modifications will be carried out at Knorr-Bremse Rail Services at Springburn.
The electric multiple units, built by Hitachi, are currently unable to enter traffic after problems were encountered with the drivers view during mileage accumulation testing.
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Edinburgh Waverley: A full-size mock up of the interior of ScotRail's new class 385s has been erected at Edinburgh Waverley's east end, seen here on 10 February 2016. This features first and standard class seating.

Passengers can look forward to more leg room, larger tables and windows, and power sockets.

So, not a modern art installation then.
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Gourock: One of the new ScotRail Class 385 electric multiple units, which can be regularly seen at Gourock where they are currently being tested overnight. Photograph taken on 9 January 2017. (Pictures are also available in
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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Mock up image of a Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 AT200 train for Abellio's ScotRail franchise at Queen Street. 70 of these are due to enter service in 2017/2018.
Courtesy Hitachi Rail Europe.
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With around 7,000 new rail vehicles on order to replace more than half of the passenger rolling stock fleet, Britains trains are about to change as never before. Scotland is no exception. In 2018, Hitachis Class 385 electric multiple units (EMUs) will replace the Class 170 diesel multiple units (DMUs) on the Edinburgh to Glasgow main line. Once further electrification is completed, more Class 385s will displace DMUs on services to Dunblane and through Shotts.

This year will also see some of the iconic British Rail High Speed Trains (HSTs) get a new lease of life as specially refurbished four and five-car sets operating on Scottish Inter-City services.
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Haymarket MPD: Maintenance work in progress in the new shed at Haymarket on 13 February 2007. The facility had been officially opened during a ceremony earlier that day by Transport Minister Tavish Scott, accompanied by ScotRail Managing Director Mary Dickson.
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Craigentinny Depot: Scene at Craigentinny on 23 June as 66132 passes on the main line with the empty Binliner containers from Oxwelmains returning to Powderhall, while West Coast Railway locomotives 47826 and 33025 stand in the east sidings.
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Clayhills Yard: Looking over the servicing and stabling areas to the south of Aberdeen station on Sunday 5 November 2006 with a ScotRail 170 DMU receiving attention. The station itself is off picture to the left and Clayhills sidings are on the right. The HST in the process of leaving the sidings is about to move into the station to form the 0950 to Kings Cross. Other occupants of the sidings are a second HST (1142 to Kings Cross) plus the stock for the 2215 Caledonian Sleeper to Euston.
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Scotland's Edinburgh - Glasgow Improvement Programme (Egip) celebrated a milestone on December 10 with the start of electric services from Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High.
ScotRail has replaced the class 170 DMUs previously used on these services with class 380 EMUs, although the use of these trains on the route is a temporary measure pending the introduction of new Hitachi class 385 EMUs next year.
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UK: A prominent feature at the front of the Hitachi Rail Europe stand at Railtex 2017 is a model of its AT400 British Bullet Train concept.

Hitachi said this 'vision' builds on the company's 'rich history in creating iconic high speed rolling stock' ranging from Shinkansen trainsets in Japan to the ETR1000 units for Trenitalia, the last of which has just been dispatched from the manufacturers Pistoia plant. This has been blended with UK engineering 'to turn this initial concept into a formalised model'. Hitachi said this combination of experience and innovation would meet the objectives set out for the procurement of rolling stock for High Speed 2.
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Hitachi Rail Europe announced on February 15 that production has begun at Hitachi Rail Italys Pistoia plant on the first of 36 class 802 inter-city trains for Great Western Railway (GWR).

In 2015 GWR placed a £361m order through leasing company Eversholt Rail for 22 five-car and seven nine-car trains. An option for seven additional nine-car sets was subsequently exercised in August 2016. The trains will be introduced on services from London Paddington to Exeter, Plymouth and Penzance from December 2018. [From Richard Buckby]
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Video of the new ScotRail Class 385 EMU on test, parked at Gourock on the 14th.
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ScotRail has unveiled the first in a fleet of electric trains the company is billing as 'faster, longer and greener'.
The Class 385 train, which was built by Hitachi, is the first of 70 that will operate on Scotland's busiest route from Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk.
They will also be used between Stirling, Alloa and Dunblane, as well as some routes south of Glasgow.
Night testing of the train will start this week, ScotRail said.
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Glasgow Queen Street High Level: Mock up image of a Hitachi Rail Europe Class 385 AT200 train for Abellio's ScotRail franchise at Queen Street. 70 of these are due to enter service in 2017/2018.
Courtesy Hitachi Rail Europe.
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The first UK-built Intercity Express (IEP) train has rolled off the production line.
The train was showcased at the Hitachi Rail Europe factory in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham on Friday.
It is one of 122 express trains which are part of the Government-funded £5.7 billion IEP programme designed to boost capacity, reliability and comfort for passengers by replacing the current trains on the Great Western and East Coast rail networks.
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Newton Aycliffe: Hitachi Rail Europe celebrates the first Intercity Express (IEP) train to be built in the UK at its manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
Courtesy Hitachi Rail Europe.
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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 DfT’s ambitious Digital Railway programme. A Class 800 train (800 802) has now entered testing stage at Network Rail’s signalling facility ENIF, in Hitchin. [From Richard Buckby]
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UK: Contracts worth £60m for Hitachi Rail Europe to supply and maintain five AT300 five-car electro-diesel multiple-units for use by open access company Hull Trains were finalised by the operator's parent company FirstGroup and leasing company Angel Trains on November 2.

This follows the granting of a 10-year track access agreement to the Yorkshire ‚Äď London open access operator, running from 2019 until December 2029.

Hitachi is to build the AT300 trainsets at its plant at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham, and maintain them at Bounds Green depot in north London. They are expected to come into service in 2019, running under 25 kV 50 Hz electrification on the East Coast Main Line and continuing on diesel power to Hull and Beverley. [From Richard Buckby]
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More than 15,000 people have applied for 78 jobs driving new trains being launched by Virgin.
The company said there were almost 200 applications for every vacancy following the biggest recruitment campaign on the East Coast route since the 1980s.
The 78 new drivers will work from depots between Edinburgh and London.
They will work on new Azuma trains, built in the UK by Hitachi, which are to be launched in 2018. [From Richard Buckby]
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The Class 385 electric trains are due to arrive in Scotland next month for testing and go into service on the main Edinburgh-Glasgow line via Falkirk in a year's time. One has been tested at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic since last month, where it has reached its 100mph top operating speed. Another train - without interiors - has arrived at Teesport after being shipped by sea from Japan. Most of the 70-strong fleet will be assembled at Hitachi’s nearby factory at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. Driver training is due to start in Scotland in the spring.
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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 ‚Äď both preventative and any repairs or major overhauls ‚Äď from 2017, under a contract set to last the 27.5 years of Hitachi‚Äôs service and maintenance contract for the IEP. [From Richard Buckby]
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RMT and ASLEF are recommending that their members accept a staffing agreement on ScotRail trains in the central belt which keeps conductors in their traditional 'safety critical' role.
The RMT said new Hitachi trains for the Edinburgh-Glasgow electrification are to be modified with the installation of conductors' door control panels.
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TESTING has started at the Velim test track in the Czech Republic of the first of 70 class 385 EMUs being built by Hitachi Rail Europe for the ScotRail franchise operated by Abellio.

This is the first of six four-car trains being built by Hitachi at its Kasado factory in Japan. The remainder of the order for 24 four-car and 46 three-car EMUs will be produced at Hitachi’s new factory in Newton Aycliffe, Britain.
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The first Class 385 electric multiple units to be built by Hitachi in Japan for ScotRail have set sail for Europe.
One train will be delivered to the UK, while the second will move to the Velim test track in the Czech Republic for testing.
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THE first of 70 class 385 regional EMUs has begun its journey from Hitachi’s Kasado plant in Japan to Europe.
Seven of the trains are being built at Kasado, where fabrication of bodyshells began last October, while the remaining 63 sets will be assembled at the company's new British facility at Newton Aycliffe in northeast England. [From Richard Buckby]
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UK: Bombardier Transportation and Hitachi Rail Europe have formed a joint venture to bid to supply rolling stock under London Underground’s New Tube for London programme. Bids are due to be submitted on September 26.
Both companies prequalified for the contract, along with Alstom, CAF and Siemens.
The basic requirement is for 250 trainsets, which on a like-for-like replacement basis equates to around 1 700 cars. However, bidders see the potential for up to 3 000 cars with provision for growth. According to Hitachi, assembly work would be shared between the companies’ plants at Derby and Newton Aycliffe.
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Franchised passenger operator Great Western Railway and leasing company Eversholt Rail confirmed an order for an additional seven electro-diesel trainsets from Hitachi Rail Europe on August 3.

The new trainsets will be built at Hitachi Rail Italy's Pistoia plant. They are in addition to the 57 trainsets which Hitachi is providing for GWR from 2017 under the government's Intercity Express Programme, and GWR's separately-financed order for a further 29 trainsets to enter service in 2018. [From Richard Buckby]
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A NEW high speed train has been unveiled by Great Western Railway to celebrate 175 years since welcoming its first passengers between Bristol and London.

Before coming into service in 2017, one of the new Hitachi built engines was put on display as it travelled through the county from Reading to London Paddington.

The trains will include more seats, free wifi, power sockets for each seat and increased luggage space and will run on the electrified Great Western Line when it is completed.
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A TRAINBUILDER has tested its new train on North-East lines for the first time, The Northern Echo can reveal. [From Charlie Niven]

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 Government’s InterCity Express Programme (IEP) to revamp high-speed routes.
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UK: 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 ‚Äėamongst the most advanced inter-city trains in the UK‚Äô, and ‚Äėcompletely remodel the experience of train travel in the North‚Äô.
The AT300 trainset will be ‚Äėclosely related‚Äô to the Class 800 electro-diesel trainsets being supplied under the Department for Transport‚Äôs 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. [From Richard Buckby]
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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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New trains with faster acceleration will cut journey times on the East Coast Main Line by up to 22 minutes.
The Virgin Azuma Trains, which will be launched in 2018, will enable passengers to travel between Edinburgh and London in four hours.
They will accelerate from 0-125mph almost a minute faster than the current fleet.
Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, unveiled the first of the new trains at London King's Cross.
The 65 trains will be built by Japanese firm Hitachi at its manufacturing plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
Azuma is the Japanese translation for 'east'.
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The first AT200 in ScotRail’s 70-train fleet order is currently undergoing testing in Hitachi’s Japan plant, RTM can reveal.
The amount of trains set to be built domestically has also increased from 63 to 64 to ensure ‚Äúincreased delivery‚ÄĚ and to take advantage of the expanded manufacturing happening locally, Hitachi‚Äôs production director, Jon Veitch, told RTM.
The first bodyshell of the 70-EMU fleet, which Hitachi previewed earlier this year, is also expected to be shipped to the UK next month.
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ScotRail: The new ScotRail class 385 electric multiple unit to be built by Hitachi. Artist's impression distributed at the Abellio franchise launch on 1 April 2015.
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Two weeks after it unveiled the Class 385 bodyshells, ScotRail has revealed the interiors of the Hitachi electric multiple units it will introduce into traffic from next year.

A full-size mock-up of the ‚Äė385‚Äô has gone on display at Edinburgh Waverley. It was unveiled by Scottish Transport Minister Derek Mackay on February 10 and remains on display until March 4.
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UK: The first of 70 Class 385 electric multiple-units ordered by Abellio for the ScotRail franchise is now under construction at Hitachi’s factory at Kasado in Japan. The first seven of the 25 kV 50 Hz EMUs are to be built in Kasado, with the remaining 63 to be produced at Hitachi’s UK plant in Newton Aycliffe.
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Hitachi announced on December 22 that the AT300 trainsets ordered for Great Western Railway are to be manufactured at Hitachi Rail Italy's plant at Pistoia in Italy.

GWR and leasing company Eversholt Rail signed the £361m contract for the trainsets in July, before Hitachi's acquisition of AnsaldoBreda was completed in November.
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More than 3,700 new train carriages, which represent an investment of £9.3 billion, will be delivered onto the UK rail network over the next four years.
The figure was announced by Rail Delivery Group (RDG) chief executive Paul Plummer following analysis of new train orders.
The research takes into account the 866 new intercity train carriages from Hitachi for the East Coast and Great Western main lines and the 594 commuter carriages being built by Bombardier for Crossrail.
There are also large rolling stock orders expected in the near future for the Northern and TransPennine routes, Merseyrail and East Anglia. [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 ‚Äď 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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The full fleet of AT200 electric multiple units could be bought for £1 by the Scottish Government after 25 years’ use.
The trains are being built by Hitachi, with seven under construction in Japan and the remaining 63 to be built at Newton Aycliffe. They will be used on newly electrified lines north of the border as part of the Edinburgh to Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP).

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THE new plant where hundreds of new rail vehicles are to be assembled for intercity and urban services in England, Scotland and Wales has been opened today.
The £82 million factory at Newton Aycliffe in Country Durham is owned by Hitachi, which is a key member of the consortium Agility Trains. [From Richard Buckby]
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Rail services are set to be disrupted as a strike by workers at First Great Western (FGW) gets under way.
Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union (RMT) walked out for 24 hours from midnight as part of dispute over the introduction of new trains.
They fear guards and buffet cars will be disposed of on FGW's new fleet of Hitachi Inter City Express trains.
FGW has listed changes to its scheduled services, saying it intends to run 70% of its regular timetable.
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First Great Western rail workers are to stage strikes, including over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Rail, Maritime and Transport union has said.
The RMT said the strike was being held over threats to jobs, services and safety from the introduction of the new Hitachi Intercity trains.
The union said it had not received the assurances it required from FGW.
The first Hitachi trains will run on the Great Western main line from 2017 and the East Coast main line from 2018.
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THE Government has given its approval for a new fleet of hybrid trains which are being bought by First Great Western in an unusual privately-funded deal worth £360 million.
The fleet of 29 Hitachi AT300 units will be used on routes to the far south west, beyond the presently-planned limits of Great Western electrification, and will replace the current fleet of HSTs, which are now in their fourth decade and were unlikely to be worth upgrading for service beyond 2020, according to operator First Great Western. [From Richard Buckby]
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