First Class 397 arrives for TransPennine

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TRANSPENNINE Express took delivery of its first ‘Civity’ Class 397 five-car EMU on December 4.

They are being built in Beasain, Spain, by CAF, with 12 sets having been ordered.

They will replace the Class 350/4 EMUs currently used on Manchester to Glasgow/Edinburgh services.

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They are being branded ‘Nova 2’ by TPE.

Set No. 397003 – seen here at Stafford – was unloaded at Portbury docks and moved by Rail Operations Group to Manchester.

It was expected to have a main line test run before the end of 2018 as we closed for press. SIMON POOLE

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