The new CAF-manufactured fleet of trains for rail operator Northern was officially launched at a special event staged in Liverpool yesterday (October 4).
The launch event was hosted by Northern at Edge Hill depot, in Liverpool, and supported by CAF and owners Eversholt Rail.
Eight state-of-the-art units – four Class 195 and four Class 331 vehicles – arrived in the UK last month for dynamic testing, including test runs on the North West network.
CAF UK Director Richard Garner, a guest at the event, comments: “The official launch of our trains is the culmination of a successful collaboration between our company, Northern and Eversholt Rail.
“It is extremely gratifying to know that in just a few months’ time the first customers will experience our high-quality, high-performance trains on this important and busy rail network across the North of England.”
CAF is supplying a total of 98 units, comprising 25 two-car and 30 three-car Class 195 diesel multiple units (DMUs) and 31 three-car and 12 four-car Class 331 electric multiple units (EMUs). They are scheduled to start entering service by the end of the year.
Onboard features of the fully-accessible fleet include free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, at-seat power sockets and seat reservation systems.
David Brown, Northern’s Managing Director, said: “The quality of what has been delivered is a real landmark for Northern and our customers, and to be able to demonstrate that quality to colleagues and stakeholders today is an incredibly proud moment for me.
“Now it only remains for us to share these fantastic new trains with our customers, so that they can experience the comfort and the benefits all the new on-board features bring.”
Steve Timothy, Client Relations Director at Eversholt Rail, said: “We are delighted to see our new Class 195 DMU and Class 331 EMU trains built by CAF in Liverpool today, on the verge of entering passenger service with Northern Rail. We hope Northern Rail’s passengers will enjoy travelling on them in due course.”
The trains are owned by Eversholt Rail and leased to Northern as part of the company’s modernisation programme.