Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Hull Trains drivers get experience of new trains ‘on the move’

Training for drivers who’ll control Hull Trains’ new £60m train fleet moves up a gear as they start testing their knowledge on moving trains – using TransPennine Express’ 802s currently in the UK – operating them up and down from Peterborough.

Bruce Davidson is the driving force training the new staff. He said: “The cabs on the TransPennine trains are similar to the ones they will be driving on the new 802s. So far the training is going well. It started in late May with the last drivers set to finish their training in late November.”

The first of the five new trains is due to arrive in the UK during the first week in September and is on time to be rolled into passenger use in early November.

But the hard work for staff started several months ago. So far they have been put through their paces with 30 hours in the classroom, six hours working on a simulator and three days on a static train. They will now spend 20 hours on the TransPennine train, to make sure they are not just confident, but adequately trained ahead of the arrival of the new fleet.

Bruce said: “Driving a train is not like driving a new car. It’s a completely new set of controls, which initially can be quite daunting, but after a while you get your head around the fact that generally the controls are the same, just in different places.

“The big change is the fact these are bi-mode trains – operating on both diesel and electric traction. There’s a different set of rules and regulations and new emergency procedures to learn for electric trains. One of the big things is the new train management system – a computer system. A lot is automatic and the train does a lot of things for the drivers.”

Earlier this month we revealed images of what the new £60m fleet will look like as the hard work on the interiors takes place in Italy.

The images were released as the firm’s Managing Director, Louise Cheeseman, visited the Hitachi factory in Pistoia in Italy, to see the process herself.

Bruce said: “Most of what the drivers have been saying is that they just want to get out and drive the new trains. From a driver’s point of view the new trains will be a much cleaner and quieter environment and much quicker.

“It is going to be a much different experience to the class 180s which we’ve had for ten years. The new 802s have fantastic acceleration, especially in electric mode. The acceleration pushes you back in your seat it is so quick.”

The five new Class 802 Hitachi trains will replace the entire current fleet of Class 180s and revolutionise travel from Hull to London.

MD Louise Cheeseman said: “The hard work started for our staff when we announced that the new fleet was going ahead and the team is gearing up for the arrival on the new trains. Everything is going well and on time and I can’t wait for the new trains to be in service. I’m anticipating we will be the best train operating company in the UK with these trains revolutionising rail travel between Hull and London.

“The technology involved in the new trains will mean we can continue to run services where overhead wires have been damaged. There is also improved access ability and the storage facilities are better. There will be more seats and the new trains are more environmentally friendly too.”

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