HAVE WE REACHED PEAK NEW TRAIN?

PHILIP SHERRATT PRESENTS A ROUND-UP OF ROLLING STOCK CURRENTLY ON ORDER

The 2019 Golden Spanners awards (p54) cover a UK fleet in transition. New is replacing old, with a significant number of first-timers in the running for trophies, a trend which is set to continue in future years.

Azumas out of the factory: Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe plant in County Durham on 27 September 2019, with Nos 801211, 801213, 801215, 801217 801219, 800209 and 800210 all visible outside. Hitachi is dominating orders for new-build inter-city fleets.
JOEL COULSON

The table opposite shows rolling stock which has either been ordered or is in delivery. Since the last update of this table over a year ago, several new fleets have been fully deployed: the Caledonian Sleeper Mk 5 stock from CAF Hitachi’s Class 385s for ScotRail and Class 800/802s for Great Western Railway, and Siemens’ Class 717s for Govia Thameslink Railway’s Great Northern suburban services, whose delivery leaves Siemens without a main line fleet in the table.

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