Class 68

  • TransPennine ‘Nova 3’ enters passenger service after extensive testing

    TransPennine ‘Nova 3’ enters passenger service after extensive testing

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    A TRANSPENNINE Express ‘Nova 3’ train finally entered passenger service on August 24 after extensive testing and a start to driver and crew training.  Each ‘Nova 3’ set comprises of five CAF Mk5a coaches powered by Class 68 locomotives, and have been working regular test runs across the Pennines in the lead up to the…

  • Rail Operations Group and Stadler in tri-mode loco plan

    Rail Operations Group and Stadler in tri-mode loco plan

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    THE creation of a tri-mode locomotive based around the Class 68/88 bodyshell and built by Stadler could come to fruition within two years if plans confirmed by the Rail Operations Group (ROG) take shape. ROG wants to combine the best elements of the mixed traffic ‘68’ and ‘88s’, but also add in battery technology to…

  • TransPennine Express delays ‘Nova 3’ introduction to May

    TransPennine Express delays ‘Nova 3’ introduction to May

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    TRANSPENNINE Express (TPE) is delaying the introduction of its ‘Nova 3’ loco-hauled sets until next May. The sets are being built by CAF in Spain and will be hauled by Class 68s sub-leased from DRS. They had been expected to be progressively introduced from the December timetable change, but acceptance testing has produced a technical…

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