Class 350/1 EMU

Class 350/1 EMU 

The fleet of 30 x 4-car Class 350/1 trains are formed of vehicles originally ordered for Class 450/2 trains. Sets are formed of two Driving Motor Standard Open (DMOS) vehicles, a Trailer Composite Open (TCO) incorporating a first class section and a standard toilet and a Pantograph Trailer Standard Open (PTSO) with a disabled toilet and wheel chair area.

In 2012 the fleet were uprated from 100 mph (161 km/h) to a top speed of 110 mph (177 km/h).

The Class 350/1 EMU features:

  • Pantograph Arcing and Illumination Effects
  • Neutral Section Functionality (compatible with "WCML Over Shap" route)
  • Functional Passenger Information System (PIS) featuring:
    • Driver Selectable Destinations
    • Cabin PIS Display
    • Passenger Compartment Destination Display
    • Automatic Audio Station and Safety Announcements
    • Passenger Compartment Next Station Display (Synchronised with Announcements)
  • Functional Train Management System (TMS) featuring:
    • Display of Current Train Configuration (4, 8 or 12 Car Graphic)
    • Clock Display
    • Headlight and Tail Lights Proving Display
    • Display of Dynamic Train Faults (including instructions to correct faults)
    • System Brightness Control
  • Four state Headlight and Tail Light controls
  • Functional DRA (Driver's Reminder Appliance)
  • Functional Braking/Traction Indicator
  • Functional Automatic Low Speed Button
  • New "Extended Cab" system to allow movement from Cabin to Passenger Compartment

Class 66/4 Locomotive

When British Rail's freight operations were privatised in 1996, "English, Welsh and Scottish Railway" (EWS) bought a large proportion of British Rail's freight operations. Many of the locomotives that EWS inherited were at the end of their useful life and EWS approached General Motors Electro-Motive Division (EMD), to supply a replacement. EMD offered their JT42CWR model which incorporated General Motors' version of (self-steering) bogies that reduce flange wear, improve adhesion and reduce track load. The locomotive design uses standard EMD components of its era
including D43 traction motors. The new JT42CWR locomotives were finally given the Class 66 designation in the British classification system (TOPS). Two hundred and fifty were initially ordered and built in London, Ontario, Canada.

Direct Rail Services (DRS), a subsidiary of British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) ordered ten Class 66/4 locomotives (66401–66410), utilised mainly on intermodal container traffic. Further orders for an additional 24 locomotives were placed with the last entering service during 2008 (66411–66434).

These series 4 versions of the Class 66 were built as "low emission" to meet new, more stringent environmental rules. The main visual design difference is the addition of a mid-body access door to the new equipment required to meet these new emission targets.

Class 66/4 Locomotive 

The Class 66/4 Locomotive functionality includes:

  • Low emissions variant body design with DRS logos and branding
  • PBL "Push and Hold" Train and Loco Brakes
  • Selectable "Passenger" or "Goods" brake timings
  • Cabin and Instrument Lighting
  • Four state Headlight and Tail Light controls with cabin proving panel display
  • Operating exterior fuel tank gauges
  • Functional Train Length Measurement System
  • Opening cabin windows with dynamic wind sound effects
  • Five cabin camera positions (including three driving position heights)
  • Digital cabin display showing current control states, speed, RPM and tractive effort
  • Independent left and right hand windscreen wiper control

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