Hitachi Rail starts work on all-electric 803 trains
Hitachi Rail has begun deal with building 5 new all-electric intercity trains for East Coast Trains at its Newton Aycliffe factory.
In spite of the effect of Covid-19, Hitachi Rail has actually prepared the factory and is now ready to begin producing the East Coast Trains.
Douglas McIlroy, Communications Manager at Hitachi Rail, informed The Engineer that this fleet is the largest production scope to date, with nearly all of the build occurring at Newton Aycliffe in County Durham.
The increased scope will see Hitachi's labor force develop the brand-new fleet from empty aluminium shells." This marks a steady progression for the North East train builder," McIlroy stated via e-mail. "The site started by installing the interiors and fitting
undercarriages for the Intercity Express Programme trains, then expanded to include wiring for ScotRail's Class 385s, and now will construct the driver's taxis from scratch."
Hitachi Rail are due to develop more intercity orders this year, which will gain from an ₤ 8.5 m financial investment in welding and painting.
"The skills and techniques being utilised on these fleets is part of our upskilling programme and important steps as we expand our UK manufacturing capabilities and work towards welding and painting," McIlroy said.
The 5 Class 803s will start bring travelers in between Edinburgh and London from autumn 2021.
"We are delighted that these trains will be at the cutting-edge of low-emission rail transport, underlining the benefits of using our rail service for travel between the two capital cities," stated Helen Wylde, Managing director at East Coast Trains.
Hitachi Rail opened the ₤ 82m Newton Aycliffe manufacturing facility in 2015 to produce new class 800 InterCity Express (IEP) trains for the East Coast Main Line and Great Western Main Line along with AT200 commuter trains for Scotland.