Stadler testing Greater Anglia bi-modes


Stadler has begun testing the Class 755 bi-mode trains which are under construction in Switzerland for UK train operator Greater Anglia.

The Swiss manufacturer is building 38 bi-mode trains, which will be supplied in four and three-car formations.

One of the four-car sets is now close to completion and is being testing at Stadler’s commissioning centre in Erlen.

Stadler and Greater Anglia have also released images of the 20 EMUs being built for the intercity and Stansted Express services.

Mike Kean, Greater Anglia director of franchising and programmes, said: “Seeing the first of our bi-mode trains on the tracks in Switzerland, it’s easy to imagine it speeding along our rural lines in East Anglia.

“These modern trains really are going to transform rail travel in East Anglia – with each one fitted with more seats, plug and USB points, air conditioning and fast free Wi-Fi.”

Ralf Warwel, Marketing Director of Stadler for UK said: “These are powerful and comfortable trains which share many similar design and operational concepts as well as identical components which reduces training time for drivers and maintenance staff.

“The cab desk has a spacious and open design and allows for future upgrades of signalling systems, such as digital signaling.

“The bi-mode units are equipped with modern diesel engines which will not be used when operating on electrified lines, thereby reducing emissions and improving travel comfort.”

Photos: Greater Anglia/Stadler

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