Transport for London (TfL) has released an image of the first completed Crossrail Aventra body shell at Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane factory.
Bombardier is building 66 nine-car trains for Crossrail in an order worth £1 billion.
A new depot at Old Oak Common and test facility in Derby have been built to deliver and maintain the new 200-metre long trains.
The new units are due to enter passenger service from 2017.
TfL said the first body shell will be used to refine the design and the manufacturing techniques needed for the full production of the 594 carriages.
Joe Bednall, Bombardier’s project director, said: “This assembled body shell, which has progressed rapidly from a blank piece of paper through to build and test, is the first off the production line for the Crossrail project. It will first go to be tested, to validate the body shell design, before being painted and re-assembled to form the client’s cab and saloon mock up.
“The on-time completion of this new light-weight body shell design marks an important milestone in the ongoing successful delivery of the Crossrail project.”
MTR will operate the new trains across the Crossrail route, from Reading in the west to Abbey Wood in the east.
The operator said all in all it would employ around 1,100 staff, including around 400 drivers.