First glimpse of GWR Class 800


    Great Western Railway (GWR) has marked the 175th anniversary of the opening of the main line by unveiling one a new Class 800 train in its green livery.

    GWR ran a special service between Bristol and London Paddington station to celebrate the line’s birthday.

    At Reading, guests disembarked a HST before boarding one of the new bi-mode Intercity Express (IEP) trains, which are being built by Hitachi, for the remainder of the journey.

    It’s the first public appearance for a Class 800 in GWR livery – it will be a common site from the middle of next year when the first new trains go into passenger service.

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    At the end of May, Network Rail announced that the majority of the overhead line system had been installed between Reading and Didcot – the section which will be used to test the new fleet.

    GWR managing director Mark Hopwood, said ahead of the event: “On this special anniversary we are looking not just back at our rich heritage but forward at a transformational investment programme.

    “The new trains will result in more frequent and faster journeys and an increase in the number of seats.

    “These, and a range of further passenger benefits, will enable communities and businesses across the Great Western network to prosper and we are delighted to invite observers to witness first-hand the step change electrification and our new fleet will bring.”



    1. So the Class 800 and Class 801 are Bi-Mode trains and Class 802 are Electric only trains or is Class 801 to be built as both Electric trains and Bi-Mode trains. Hitachi have got a lot of mass-production and manufacturing these brand new Japanese built British style trains. No wonder both Japan loves our railways and we Brits love their railways.


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