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First electric IEP testing on Great Western


Class 800 reaches 125mph between Reading and Didcot

The first electric testing of a Hitachi-built Class 800 Inter-city Express (IEP) train on the Great Western route took place over the weekend of 16 and 17 July.

The train made two test runs between Reading and Didcot, which has been designated as a test track for the IEP trains in electric mode and for the electrification equipment, and Network Rail says it achieved speeds of up to 125mph. The first IEP is due to enter passenger service on the Great Western in summer 2017, with the new fleet delivered through provider Agility Trains, in which Hitachi Rail Europe has a 70% stake.

Prior to their use on the Great Western, testing of IEP trains is taking place at NR’s Old Dalby test track and on the East Coast main line. IEP trains are also due to be introduced in passenger service on the East Coast main line from 2018.

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