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Class 385

December 2019, saw the complete delivery of the Class 385 fleet. The fleet has carried passengers over 12 million miles and has helped transform journeys, not just across the routes in Central Scotland that they serve, but also across Scotland’s Railway - with more seats and shorter journey times.

Designed and built specifically to improve journeys on Scotland’s busiest routes, the trains offer a spacious and modern interior, increasing capacity with over 168 extra seats per train.

This modern, electric fleet is part of ScotRail’s £475 million rolling stock investment, and their introduction follows the £858 million electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow by Network Rail in the UK.

Currently, the Class 385 is Scotland’s fastest train from 0-60mph, cutting journey times to 42 minutes between Scotland’s two major commercial and economic hubs.

This sustainable fleet produces zero emissions, improving air quality in train stations and contributing to Scotland’s world pioneering 2045 ‘net-zero society’ climate change target.

  • Train Configuration: 3 – 8 car
  • Speed Range: 100 – 125 mph
  • Nominal Vehicle Length: 23m
  • Maximum Acceleration: 1 m/s/s
  • Power Supply: 25kVac / 750 Vdc / Battery
  • Door Type / Positions: Sliding Plug / 1/3 2/3
  • Cab Design: Full Width Cab

Laview Commuter

Introduced in 2019 as the new flagship train for Seibu Railway and named “Laview”, this iconic looking train is defined by openings that offer views through windows measuring 1,350 mm x 1,580 mm to maximise viewing opportunities. The train’s rounded front has a windshield made of three-dimensional glass with a curvature radius of 1,500 mm. Meanwhile, the reflective exterior is finished with a specially-created aluminum paint that merges gracefully with the train’s surroundings while in operation.

The “Laview” has been created with passengers at the heart of the design and build. The Seibu Railway commuter train, which went into service in Tokyo in March, 2019, has a reflective silver exterior designed to blend into the landscape as it travels across the city to the mountains. Its huge, curved windows provide passengers with panoramic views along the way to enhance passenger experience and ensure a comfortable and enjoyable ride.

The interiors feature soft yellow seating with an adjustable headrest and armrest table to provide a comfortable feeling – like being in your own home. The LED lighting adjusts throughout the day, and has been devised to generate a calming atmosphere for commuters.

The trains operate with eight cars offering 422 seats, and the design speed is 120 kilometers per hour.

  • Designed by architect Kazuyo Sejima, awarded the Blue Ribbon Award in 2020 - an award presented annually in Japan since 1958 by the Japan Railfan Club. It is awarded for railway vehicles that entered service in the previous year and voted by members as being the most outstanding design of the year.
  • Configuration: 8 cars/train
  • Vehicle Length: 20m
  • Door Type: 1 Plug Door Per Side
  • Maximum Speed: 120 km/h
  • Power Supply: 1,500 V DC Overhead Catenary
  • Cab Design: Central Cab Driving Position
  • Interiors: Inside the yellow sofa-like seating is designed to create the feeling of being in your own comfortable living room. All seats have electrical outlets and passengers can view in-carriage video screens. Free WiFi is available throughout the train. For the benefit of group travellers, pairs of seats can be revolved to face each other. For that reason, seats will also have armrest tables as well as pull-down tables on seat backs. Other unique features on the Laview include artificial marble flooring in the entryways, wheelchair spaces, and multipurpose toilets.

Blues Commuter

The "Blues" trains derive from the Masaccio platform and are equipped with diesel-electric propulsion integrated with batteries that make the train a hybrid-bimodal solution that can also run without electrification. The capacity of the three-car trains is 200 seats, while the four-car composition can seat up to 300.

These new vehicles are record-breaking in terms of performance and sustainability as they are equipped with new-generation and low-emission diesel engines (Stage V) integrated with batteries allowing emission and noise reduction. The trains can run up to 160 km/h on electrified lines with great travel time savings. On-board technologies include: smart air-conditioning systems capable of adapting to internal conditions such as temperature and the number of passengers on board, LED systems that contribute to save energy, video surveillance for improved safety of passengers, WiFi connection, electric and USB plugs and space for bikes and baggage. A dedicated area and toilet are available for people with reduced mobility who can also benefit from enhanced ease of access.

The Blues framework agreement includes the supply of up to 135 diesel-electric regional trains in 3-car and 4-car configuration. Currently, Hitachi Rail has signed call-off contracts for a total of 43 trains to be operated in the Italian regions of Sardinia (8 trains), Sicily (17 trains), Val d’Aosta (4 trains), Lazio (3 trains) and Tuscany (11 trains)

Rock Train
  • Length: 66.88 m
  • Cars: 3
  • Seats: 224
  • Standing Capacity: 165
  • Maximum Speed: 140 km/h
  • Length: 86.08 m
  • Cars: 4
  • Seats: 306
  • Standing Capacity: 224
  • Maximum Speed: 140 km/h

Caravaggio - FNM

Caravaggio is the new Hitachi Rail platform of high-capacity trains, the result of the best technologies developed across the Hitachi Group, fully assembled in Italy and drawing upon 20-years of experience in the manufacture of over 200 electric trains and 700 passenger cars, all of which are double-deck, and in operation on the Italian rail network. The innovative architecture, characterised by light alloy cars, distributed power traction and wide volumes available for the passenger compartments offers unique performance in the marketplace in terms of:

- Weight for passengers

- Transport capacity for unit length

- Energy consumption for passenger/km (30% less compared to the most recent electric trains circulating in Italy)

In September 2018, FERROVIENORD (FNM) and Hitachi Rail signed a Framework Agreement for the supply of new high capacity regional trains. The minimum guaranteed supply quantity is 50 trains: 30 trains in short configuration (4 cars) and 20 trains in long configuration (5 cars); the maximum quantity is 120 trains. In addition to the Framework Agreement, the companies signed a first firm contract for the supply of 30 trains in short configuration.

These trains are designed to be:

- Comfortable: enhanced passenger experience thanks to features including LED lighting, WiFi connection, 220V and USB plugs, bike stations and electric plugs to recharge e-bikes

- Accessible: eased accessibility for people with reduced mobility by movable platforms to cover the distance between the doors and the train platforms

- Sustainable: reduction of 30% of electric consumption and of noise, presence of regenerative braking and the use of innovative recyclable materials (85%) and renewable ones (95%) that help to further reduce the train’s weight.

  • Length: 109.6 m
  • Cars: 4
  • Seats: 466
  • Standing Capacity: 449
  • Doors Per Side: 8
  • Maximum Speed: 160 km/h
  • Toilets: 2
  • Length: 136.8 m
  • Cars: 5
  • Seats: 598
  • Standing Capacity: 575
  • Doors Per Side: 10
  • Maximum Speed: 160 km/h
  • Toilets: 2

Caravaggio - Rock

Caravaggio is the new Hitachi Rail platform of high-capacity trains, the result of the best technologies developed across the Hitachi Group, fully assembled in Italy and drawing upon 20-years of experience in the manufacture of over 200 electric trains and 700 passenger cars, all of which are double-deck, and in operation on the Italian rail network. The innovative architecture, characterised by light alloy cars, distributed power traction and wide volumes available for the passenger compartments offers unique performance on the market in terms of:

- Weight for passengers

- Transport capacity for unit length

- Energy consumption for passenger/km (30% less compared to the most recent electric trains circulating in Italy)

In August 2016, Hitachi Rail and Trenitalia signed the Framework Agreement for the supply of up to 300 new double-deck high-capacity trains. At the same time, the two parties signed the first supply contract for 39 trains to be produced for the Emilia Romagna region: 25 vehicles in long composition (ETR521) and 14 trains in short composition (ETR421), followed by other supply contracts signed with other Italian regions: Veneto (47 trains), Liguria (28 trains), Tuscany 1° batch (four trains), Lombardy (five trains), Lazio 1° batch (17 trains), Lazio 2° batch (seven trains), Emilia Romagna 2° batch (four trains), Tuscany 2° batch (seven trains), Marche (two trains) and Campania (five trains) for a total amount of 165 already-ordered trains. The first Rock for Emilia Romagna entered into revenue service at the end of May 2019. In February 2018, Hitachi Rail and Trenitalia signed an amendment to the Framework Agreement to also supply a new train composition (ETR621).

The double-deck high-capacity trains purchased by Trenitalia will enter into revenue service with the commercial name “Rock”. Rock marks a significant evolution of double deck high-capacity trains circulating in Italy, especially in terms of reliability, energy saving and performance, with acceleration that can be compared to a metro train. It is a new concept of commuter train with innovative technical features in terms of reliability and comfort – for example, the internal spaces are made brighter thanks to large windows. Another improved feature is the accessibility, with wheelchair areas placed nearby the points of entry/exit to reduce routes inside the cars and a movable step below the doors to fill the gap between the train and the platform. The trains also feature a large space for baggage and bikes and a technological information system onboard.

  • Length: 109.6m
  • Cars: 4
  • Seats: 466
  • Standing Capacity: 449
  • Doors Per Side: 8
  • Maximum Speed: 160 km/h
  • Toilets: 2
  • Length: 136.8 m
  • Cars: 5
  • Seats: 598
  • Standing Capacity: 575
  • Doors Per Side: 10
  • Maximum Speed: 160 km/h
  • Toilets: 2
  • Length: 163.4 m
  • Cars: 6
  • Seats: 729
  • Standing Capacity: 621
  • Doors Per Side: 12
  • Maximum Speed: 160 km/h
  • Toilets: 3

Vivalto Commuter

The CDPTR railcars – Carrozze Doppio Piano Trasporto Regionale (double deck railcars for regional transport) – are an important contract for the production of 706 cars (126 motor cars and 580 trailer cars) for Trenitalia: the 350 cars of the base contract signed in 2010 were followed by a further 356 of three subsequent option contracts (November 2013, March 2015 and November 2015).

The train, called “Vivalto” by Trenitalia, is a highly innovative double-deck train characterised by comfort and user-friendliness. The six-car consist, five trailer cars plus one motor car, has 725 seats and, considering the additional space for standing passengers, has a total transport capacity of 1,300 passengers. The train, equipped with easy access for disabled passengers, can reach a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Its high levels of comfort and safety are connected to the maximum availability of the interior space, with large glass windows bestowing high visibility and clarity to the interior of the cars. The train is equipped with a next-generation fire-fighting system as well as a video surveillance system for real time visualisation of images on the onboard monitors.

Recently the trains have been upgraded with the latest generation ERTMS signalling system and a closed circuit toilet.

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