MAINTAINING THE BI-MODES

KEITH FENDER VISITS HITACHI’S STOKE GIFFORD DEPOT NEAR BRISTOL PARKWAY

Inspire the Next: unit Nos 800015 and 800315 at the Hitachi depot at Stoke Gifford.

Stoke Gifford depot has been open since 2016 and has been maintaining the Great Western Railway Class 800 fleet since it entered passenger service in October 2017. Just over a year after the fleet first entered service Modern Railways was given exclusive access to the depot to see how the maintenance regime is planned and carried out.

The fleet of Class 800/802 trains in use with GWR has grown rapidly, with the 50th unit entering daily diagrammed service in late November (out of 62 trains already accepted by GWR for traffic by then – see box).

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