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Hitachi Rail Class 385 electric trains connect two major Scottish cities on all lines

The trains will replace diesel models running between Edinburgh and Glasgow

New electric trains have now replaced ageing diesel trains on all five lines connecting Scotland’s capital and Glasgow.

In an agreement between Hitachi Rail and Dutch public transport firm Abellio, which operates Scottish regional and commuter rail services franchise ScotRail, 70 new class 385 trains have been added to run between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

The launch of the electric trains on the final of five lines was celebrated on April 26 with the new train riding through Shotts, in North Lanarkshire, Scotland for the first time.

Upgrading of the last line, including renovations of nine station platforms, cost an estimated GBP160 million (US$206.8 million) and was completed at the start of April by Network Rail.

46 three-car and 24 four-car Class 385 EMU trains, which are said to be 18% more energy-efficient, are financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing and will replace the ageing diesel-operated trains on the routes connecting the country’s major cities.

The Hitachi Rail models, introduced as part of ScotRail’s GBP475 million (US$614.36 million) rolling stock investment, entered into passenger service in 2018.

“The Scottish government’s on-going commitment to Scotland’s railways is making a real difference and the continuing programme of electrification across the Central Belt will enable more people to use the new trains, which have already proved to be very popular,” said Scottish Transport Minister Michael Matheson at the time of introduction.

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