Hornby - R4999 - Southeastern Class 395 Highspeed Train 2-Car Coach Pack MSO 39134 and MSO 39135 - Era 11 (00 Gauge)
Technical Specification & Detail
||Era 11 (2014 +)
||South Eastern, Blue
Hitachi Class 395 South Eastern Highspeed Train Pack Set 395 013 'Hornby Visitor Centre' Coach Pack comprising MSO 39134 and MSO 39135
After several years of procrastination and doubts over government rail spending, by October 2003 the Strategic Rail Authority had outlined plans for domestic services to Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Thanet and Medway, with Swale, Dover, Maidstone and Sandwich being added subsequently, once the Government had given CTRL domestic services the green light on 27 October 2004. In 2002, Japan's Hitachi Rail were looking for opportunities to transfer skills and technology to the UK and anticipating that new rolling stock would be required for CTRL, created the V-Train 1 project to test and prove their 'A' Train technology on AC and DC supply for the UK rail network, based on an adapted Class 310 four-car unit with a 4-VEP motor car added to enable third rail traction.
The design of the Class 395 was influenced by the Japanese 400 Series Shinkansen High Speed Train, the prototype for which Hitachi worked on along with Tokyu Car and Kawasaki, and Hitachi's own 885 series A-train aluminium railcar system which had been developed and deployed on high speed routes, as well as commuter and suburban lines.
The lightweight, modular design, constructed using friction-stir welding, gave the Class 395 a quiet ride, strong rigidity, improved safety standards and improved air resistance through tunnels, as well as reducing production times to just eight weeks from start to finish. The first completed train, 395 001, arrived at Southampton Docks on 23 August 2007 and was moved to Hitachi's new £53 million maintenance facility at Ashford on 30th August where testing commenced on local lines during October.
Almost ten years to the day after Class 395 001 preview services commenced, a ceremony at South Eastern's Ramsgate Engineering Depot Open Day on Saturday 8 June officially named Set 395 013 as 'Hornby Visitor Centre', recognising the value to tourism in Thanet that the attraction provides, as well as marking the return to Margate by the manufacturer after an absence of four years.
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