British Rail Class 800 Super Express
In service2017 (planned)
Built atHitachi Newton Aycliffe
Family nameA-Train
Number built13 x 9-car sets
46 x 5-car sets
Line(s) servedEast Coast Mainline
Great Western Mainline
Car body constructionaluminium
Car length26m
Maximum speedDesign 140 mph (Template:Convert/outsep)
Service: 125 mph (Template:Convert/outsep)
Electric system(s)25kV AC
Current collection methodPantograph
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS
|3mm=3 mm (0.118 in)
|4mm=4 mm (0.157 in)
|4.5mm=4.5 mm (0.177 in)
|4.8mm=4.8 mm (0.189 in)
|6.5mm=6.5 mm (0.256 in)
|6.53mm=6.53 mm (0.257 in)
|8mm=8 mm (0.315 in)
|8.97mm=8.97 mm (0.353 in)
|9mm=9 mm (0.354 in)
|9.42mm=9.42 mm (0.371 in)
|10.5mm=10.5 mm (0.413 in)
|11.94mm=11.94 mm (0.470 in)
|12mm=12 mm (0.472 in)
|12.7mm=12.7 mm (0.5 in)
|13mm=13 mm (0.512 in)
|13.5mm=13.5 mm (0.531 in)
|14mm=14 mm (0.551 in)
|14.125mm=14.125 mm (0.556 in)
|14.2mm=14.2 mm (0.559 in)
|14.28mm=14.28 mm (0.562 in)
|14.3mm=14.3 mm (0.563 in)
|15.76mm=15.76 mm (0.620 in)

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 be delivered for the Great Western Main Line (GWML), commencing service in 2017. These trains will be built at Hitachi's purpose built facility at Newton Aycliffe.[1]

Background[edit | edit source]

As part of the UK Government's Intercity Express Programme, the Class 800 units are to be replacements for the ageing InterCity 125 trains which currently operate services on the Great Western Mainline and the East Coast Mainline. The Class 800 units will be electro-diesel units, meaning that as well as using overhead electric wires on electrified routes, they can use underfloor diesel engines for propulsion on non-electric sections of the railway, to provide through services for passengers, without changing trains.

Fleet details[edit | edit source]

Class Operator No. Built Year Built
Class 800 East Coast Mainline
Great Western Mainline
13 x 9-car
46 x 5-car

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