The Anonymous Widower

Sorting Out The Late Great Western Electrification

I could have added something like And Other Issues to the title of this post.

An article in the June 2016 Edition of Modern Railways entitled GWR To Order More ‘387s’ starts with the statement.

Govia Thameslink Railway’s fleet of 29 Class 387/1 EMUs is to be retained by the operator and will not be transferred to Great Western Railway, according to industry sources.

It seems that not only do GTR have trouble with their staff and the new Class 700 trains, but also with other train operators too.

So GWR have snapped up the other fourteen ordered by Porterbrook and supplemented this with an order for fifteen new build units.

This means they have got their required 29 trains to go with the eight they ordered some time ago.

Unfortunately, building more Class 387 trains, which would probably help the rolling stock shortage caused by the non-working Class 700 trains, especially as it appears Bombardier has spare capacity, is not on, as changes to crashworthiness regulations mean that these trains can’t be produced after September 2016.

So it’s probably very lucky, that the Great Western doesn’t have much working electrification.

One paragraph in the article gives some news about the progress of Bombardier’s IPEMU technology. Thios is said.

Industry sources confirm that options for some of the GWR order to be produced as independently powered EMU (IPEMU) variants fitted with batteries for operation away from electrified routes are still being explored. This would enable GWR services to Gatwick Airport and on some of the Thames Valley branches to be worked by ‘387s’ prior to electrification. Any decision to look seriously at this proposal will depend on final electrification timescales being confirmed by Network Rail.

Using IPEMUs on the routes mentioned would be a sensible move.

It would also appear from the article that GWR is going to order more Class 800 bi-mode trains from Hitachi.

There is also this article in Rail Technology Magazine entitled Perry Confirms New GWR Class 801 Will Be Bi-Mode.

As the Class 801 electric train and the Class 800 bi-mode train are more of less identical except for the diesel engines, conversion between the two types is possible.

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  1. Will the 29 class 387/1 stay with GTR for a while or will they be cascaded for example to TPE?

    Comment by bob smith | June 1, 2016 | Reply

  2. I think that judging by the mess GTR is in, partly because of the problems with the Class 700 from Siemens, I think they’ll keep the trains as long as they can. TPE have gone for a Spanish solution.

    Comment by AnonW | June 1, 2016 | Reply

  3. There will be 37 new class 387 which will be delivered to Great Western Railway joining 8 class 387 which have been ordered last march.

    In total, GWR will have 45 class 387. I have question concerning the 29 class 387/1:

    When all the class 700 will be in service, will all 29 class 387/1 be cascaded somewhere surely?

    Comment by bob | June 10, 2016 | Reply

  4. […] Sorting Out The Great Western Electrification, I said this, based on what I had read in the June 2016 Edition of Modern Railways, in an article […]

    Pingback by Are More Class 387 Trains On The Way? « The Anonymous Widower | June 23, 2016 | Reply

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