LNER orders CAF tri-mode sets

An artist's impresssion of LNER's new CAF tri-mode trains. Courtesy LNER

LNER has ordered a fleet of 10 new 10-car tri-mode trains from CAF, financed by Porterbrook. The trains will form the first tri-mode inter-city fleet in the UK; they will complement LNER’s 65-strong Azuma fleet and enable the replacement of the remaining InterCity 225 sets.

Based on CAF’s Civity platform, the tri-mode sets will be able to operate in electric, diesel and battery modes and will be assembled at the manufacturer’s Newport facility in South Wales. The fleet will be of a similar design to the Class 397s used by TransPennine Express, with the 10-car formations comprising 23-metre vehicles (as opposed to 26-metre vehicles on the Azumas), but with the obvious difference of their tri-mode capability.

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