Nick Campbell was on hand last night to video the 5 car Hitachi Class 800 IEP number 800003 on a further test run this time from the North Pole depot to Plymouth and back. I hasten to add this is not a replacement for Santa’s sledge and reindeer but North Pole is the name of the main depot in London where the new fleet will be based. Unfortunately this was not the unit (800004) in the green GWR colours which has yet to make an appearance on a Plymouth test run. These are the trains that will replace the HST125’s on the current express long distance services on both the Great Western and the East Coast main lines utilising both diesel and electric power.


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