at 100 mph, with a skirted underside giving improved aerodynamics
and quieter exterior, the trains will be strikingly designed incorporating
air conditioning and a number of creature comforts.
at a cost of £70 million to a special design by Anglo-French
company Alstom Transport Ltd at their UK headquarters in Birmingham,
the first Class 175 units will go into trials next January and
a service launch date planned for May 2000.
Western is taking delivery of 16 Class 175 three-car units and
11 Class 175 two-car units, all to a bespoke design with First
will enable us to replace Mark 1 vehicles which have been operating
for more than 40 years.
in the specification developed by Project Managers AEA Technology
for Alstom was a requirement to produce a redesigned version of
a Juniper train which gave a second-to-none ride quality and a superior
new in the UK will be the airline-style at-seat entertainment system
in the middle unit allowing passengers to don headphones to listen
to radio, CD channels or comedy tapes.
air and spring- suspension gives a smoother ride than Class 465
(perceived in the industry as a good ride) while the train is aero-dynamically
designed to reduce drag and improve fuel economy.
floor, acoustic ceiling panels and high levels of insulation produce
a quiet interior, an effect enhanced by the quietness of the air
showing the striking interior.
an artist's impression of the new Chester depot being constructed
new fleet of high speed trains will be maintained in a £17
million state-of-the-art depot being constructed by Railtrack at
Road site, which has been home to various forms of rail maintenance
since the mid-1800s, is currently being prepared by contractors
North and South train sheds have been demolished and are being
replaced by a new 110 by 35 metre "supershed" providing main-tenance
for both new and old rolling stock.
of the supershed include carriage
and under- carriage wash, refuelling, cleaning and general maintenance
track and ancillary structures have been also removed as part
of the site preparation, while an eco-friendly method has been
developed with guidance from the Environment Agency to clear contamination
caused by years of oil and diesel spillage.
affected areas have been treated with a jelly-like substance made
up of millions of micro bacteria, which absorb and neutralise the
excavators begin work on the depot.