One of ScotRail Alliance’s new Class 385 electric trains has successfully travelled between Edinburgh and Linlithgow in Scotland, marking the locomotive’s first journey on the electrified line.
The journey was conducted as part of preparation for the full testing of its new trains on the electrified mainline route from Edinburgh to Glasgow.
ScotRail expects to commence full testing of the new trains after completing the final safety checks on the remaining infrastructure.
The newly built, 46mi-long electrified railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow originally went ‘live’ for testing and safety checks last month.
ScotRail Alliance Programmes and Transformation Director Ian McConnell said: “Yesterday’s trial was a hugely important step towards completing the electrification of the line between Edinburgh and Glasgow.
“Having a train run on the route is one of the final phases of the electrification process. That it has gone so well tells us that we are almost ready to begin the next stage, which is to start fully testing the new trains themselves.”
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ScotRail’s new trains are intended to replace the old diesel trains that currently operate on the line, thereby offering a greener and faster travel option between the two cities.
The total capacity on the Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High network is expected to increase by up to 44% at peak hours following the introduction of the eight-car Class 385 trains.
The new trains feature bright and modern interiors and are equipped with power sockets, larger luggage storage areas, accessible toilets and free Wi-Fi services.
Class 385 trains are also slated to be introduced on other Scottish routes on a gradual basis.