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Hitachi Rails Aluminium Shells for Avanti West Coast Coaches Land in UK

Metal News - Published on Thu, 09 Jul 2020

Image Source: Hitachi Rails Aluminium Shells Avanti West Coast
The first nine body shells that will become Avanti West Coast’s new fleet of Hitachi trains have landed in the UK. The aluminium shells landed in the UK by sea at Southampton docks from Hitachi Rail’s Kasado factory in Japan, ahead of the train building work that will start at Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant later this year. When completed, the fleet will comprise of 13 Class 805 Bi-Mode trains and 10 Class 807 Electric trains. Each Bi-Mode train comprises five carriages. The Electric trains will have seven.

While initial empty body shells of the Bi-Mode fleet will be sent from Japan, the Avanti West Coast order marks an important change in Hitachi’s train building approach. 56 body shells will be fully welded together in the North East, marking an exciting new chapter for Hitachi’s factory, where GBP 8.5million is being invested to allow the full build of trains to take place in the UK. The final assembly, where all components and electrics are fitted, of the entire fleet will take place at the Newton Aycliffe facility.

The more spacious, comfortable, and greener models made by Hitachi Rail are due to enter service on the West Coast Main Line in 2022. They will replace the current diesel-powered Super Voyagers and serve the West Midlands, North Wales and Liverpool.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 09 Jul 2020
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