The Anonymous Widower

At Least One Class 717 Train Has Arrived

I was passing Ferme Park Sidings in a Great Northern service between Kings Cross and Welwyn Garden City stations, when I took these pictures of what looked to be a Class 717 train.

Note that the front is white not yellow, as is shown in this article on on Railway Gazette International.

According to Wikipedia, twelve trains have been built and I couldn’t be sure if it was a single train in the siding or two trains parked close together.

The Railway Gazette International article says the trains will have these features.

  • Air-conditioning
  • 2+2 seating with wide aisles
  • Wide doors for rapid boarding and alighting
  • 262 seats per unit
  • One power socket per seat.
  • No toilets
  • No First Class
  • No seat back tables
  • Wi-fi, but with only limited coverage in the Moorgate tunnels.

Each six-car unit will have a capacity of 943 passengers.

July 15, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , ,

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