Class 800 005

The Class 800 Super Express is a type of electro-diesel train to be used in the United Kingdom, based on the Hitachi A-train design. They are to be built by Hitachi from 2015. The first units will enter service on the Great Western Main Line (GWML) in October 2017, and on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) from 2018. These trains will be assembled at the Hitachi Newton Aycliffe facility, alongside the related Class 801 electric multiple unit, from bodyshells shipped from the Kasado plant in Japan (no actual body construction will take place in the UK)..[5] The Class 800 units are known by the names IET (Intercity Express Train) and the project name IEP (Intercity Express Programme). They have been given the name Azuma by Virgin Trains East Coast, one of their future operators.


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