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ECML IEPs - an introduction - Posted: May 9, 2019 - 11:36 PM Quote and reply
INTRODUCTION INTO PASSENGER SERVICE OF CLASS 800 / 801 UNITS As part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) New Class 800 & 801 (generically 80x) are being introduced into passenger service on the LNE route from 15th May 2019.The first units will be those operated by LNER under the name Azuma and staff should be aware of the following features of these new trains: -
Class 801 trains are multiple units using electric traction motors able to draw power from 25kV AC Overhead Line Electrification, however Class 800 known as Bi-modal units, can in addition provide their own electricity via underfloor diesel generators for unelectrified line use. Sets are made up as 5 or 9 car formations, and 2, 5 car set can run in normal service together as a 10-car set. Individual vehicles are 26metres in length, longer than other stock on the route.
Number Range Formation 800101 series 9 Car Bi-mode 800201 series 5 Car Bi-mode 801101 series 5 Car EMU 801201 series 9 Car EMU
A Manual Power Change Over (MPCO) site is where the driver undertakes the power change over for Class 800 Bi Mode units with the aid of Trackside signage and a failsafe “zero” track mounted Balise. Automatic Power Changeover (APCO) is the ability for these trains to switch between either electric or diesel mode at specific sites without the requirement to especially reduce speed during this automatic transition. Some trackside signage is also provided on the approach / at these sites with track mounted Balise to enable activation and details are provided in the Sectional Appendix Table A diagrams for routes where the changeovers will apply. These trains may also operate in diesel mode under OLE wires, but in electric mode a 10-car formation will have 2 pantographs in operation. Class 80x trains are to be treated as Electric trains for BTET and coasting arrangements, with the additional requirement that the ABCO facility must remain isolated throughout the designated coasting / isolated section if the train is in diesel mode. The Class 801 EMU trains have a small diesel engine designed to move the units if unable to proceed in Electric Mode.
They are fitted with Dellner couplers which can couple to other Class 80x units with coupling and uncoupling of vehicles carried out by LNER staff at any suitable location if required. Rescue and recovery arrangements via the existing LNER fleet controllers and as the first point of contact.
Gauge clearance has been undertaken across the ECML and associated routes and full details are to be published in the Sectional Appendix shortly, and will be updated via the WON, with the Statement of Compatibility providing the latest disposition of routes available. Driver Training and train test operations will continue across the network following the first service introductions, with the transition period planned to last until June 2020.The class 800 trains are maintained by Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) at Doncaster Carr Depot with servicing facilities at strategic locations.
Station Operations & Train Despatch Arrangements are assisted by the installed dedicated platform train positioning markers (stop car markers), aligned with the relevant platform train despatch activities. Fitted with body side indicator lights (BIL) the door location where the Train Manager has an active door control panel is denoted by a flashing display. These trains are fitted with internal and external active Passenger Information System.
NR 09.05.19

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