It begins. CAF have begun cutting metal for Trans-Pennine’s new rolling stock at their factory at Beasain in Spain.
CAF are building a total of 66 coaches, 13 five-car push-pull sets plus one spare driving trailer. They will be used on the North Trans-Pennine corridor between Manchester and Leeds, running from Liverpool in the west to Newcastle and Scarborough in the east,. Hauled by class 68 locomotives, they should enter service from 2018.
They’re the first daytime locomotive-hauled carriages to be delivered since the Mk4 stock on the East Cost Main Line at the end of the 1980s.