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A Gatwick Express At An Unexpected Location

When I went to Milton Keynes to take the pictures for Platform Space At Milton Keynes Central, I was surprised to see one of the new Class 387/2 trains, replendent in the red Gatwick Express livery going the other way.

As I was drinking a hot chocolate, I didn’t get a picture, but there is a YouTube video of a Class 387/2 at Crewe.

The train is also seen to be wearing pantographs to get its electric power.

This article in Rail Magazine explains the sighting. This is said.

The ‘387s’ being commissioned are 387104 and 387129. They were moved from Derby Litchurch Lane to Bletchley on April 8 and April 20 respectively. They will be tested on the West Coast Main Line, driven by Freightliner Heavy Haul drivers, after which they will move to Brighton Lovers Walk ready for their entry into traffic.

The article refers to the older Class 387/1 trains. But obviously to test an 110 mph train, you need a fast line.

The Class 387/2 seen at Crewe, could of course have been on a sales demonstration, as surely the configuration of a Class 387/2 Gatwick Express, with lots of space for luggage and families, would be ideal for services to and from Manchester Airport.

 

 

December 18, 2015 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] When I went to Milton Keynes and wrote Platform Space at Milton Keynes Central, I was surprised to see a new Class 387/2 Gatwick Express speeding along the West Coast Main Line. I wrote about it in A Gatwick Express At An Unexpected Location. […]

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