Rolls-Royce has secured a contract to supply Hitachi Rail Europe with 136 Series 1600 MTU PowerPacks to be installed on 36 Class-802 high-speed trains.

Great Western Railway (GWR) has ordered these train sets for use on services from London to Plymouth and Penzance beginning 2018.

The MTU brand is part of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.

The 12-cylinder diesel engine MTU 12V 1600 R80L is at the core of the MTU PowerPack to be used in the trains.

The engine features high-power density, low-consumption and low-emissions with a built-in SCR unit to ensure it meets the stringent requirements of the EU Stage IIIB emission legislation.

MTU industrial business vice-president Bernd Krüper said: “With our Series 1600 MTU PowerPacks, Hitachi and Great Western Railway will be getting a customised drive solution that is powerful, economical and environmentally friendly.

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"Hitachi and Great Western Railway will be getting a customised drive solution that is powerful, economical and environmentally friendly."

Rolls-Royce will supply more than 330 MTU PowerPacks and guarantee availability of the drive systems through the lifetime of Hitachi’s contract for the UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme (IEP).

At present, the first trains in these the two types are undergoing trials and are due to be operational on the Great Western Mainline from next year, followed by the East Coast Mainline in 2018.

Expected to run primarily on routes between London, Plymouth and Penzance in the west of England, these bi-mode trains can either run in an electric mode or use their diesel-electric traction system.

Hitachi’s Class 802 trains are similar to their Class 800 and 801 counterparts which have been built for the IEP. They are also fitted with Series 1600 MTU PowerPacks.


Image: The trains are expected to mainly run on Great Western Railway services between London, Plymouth and Penzance in the west of England from 2018. Photo: courtesy of Rolls-Royce Power Systems.