On 18 March, 2016, Sir Richard Branson unveiled the first Class 800/1 unit to be branded in Virgin Trains East Coast 'Azuma' livery at Kings Cross Station. Since then, the Hitachi fleet of IEP test trains, based at the new Doncaster Carr Depot, have completed thousands of hours of testing over the ECML and while Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC) have been replaced as franchise holders by London North Eastern Railway (LNER), 'Azuma' five and nine car sets are due to commence public services on the East Coast Main Line during early 2019.

 

Technical Specification & Detail

DCC Type DCC Ready
Period Era 11 (2014 +)
Operator/Livery LNER Red/Grey
Limited Edition Yes
Limited Edition Size 1,000
Class Class 800/1 Azuma
Designer Hitachi
Entered Service 2019
Minimum Curve R2
Motor 5 Pole Skew Wound
Wheel Configuration Bo-Bo

(HOR-R3762)

SKU HOR-R3762
Barcode # 5055286655364
Brand Hornby

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