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Super Trains Planned
Exciting New Era
Super Train Exterior

THE impressive trains ordered by First North Western for the Millennium will usher in an exciting new era of high speed travel and will represent a distinct step-change in quality.

Left, computer-generated images showing the aerodynamic exterior of the new trains

Travelling 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.

Under construction 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.

First North 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 Group interiors.

Their arrival will enable us to replace Mark 1 vehicles which have been operating for more than 40 years.


Paramount 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 interior "look".
Completely 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.
Dual 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.

The floating floor, acoustic ceiling panels and high levels of insulation produce a quiet interior, an effect enhanced by the quietness of the air conditioning.



below, computer-generated images showing the striking interior.

Super Train Interior
Futuristic Depot
Artist's Impression
Above, an artist's impression of the new Chester depot being constructed by Railtrack.

THE new fleet of high speed trains will be maintained in a £17 million state-of-the-art depot being constructed by Railtrack at Chester.

The Hoole Road site, which has been home to various forms of rail maintenance since the mid-1800s, is currently being prepared by contractors Laing.

The existing 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.

Features of the supershed include carriage and under- carriage wash, refuelling, cleaning and general maintenance works.

Redundant 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.

The affected areas have been treated with a jelly-like substance made up of millions of micro bacteria, which absorb and neutralise the waste materials.

Work Begun

Above, excavators begin work on the depot.

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