Northern‘s new Class 195 has made a trip to Blackpool North on test ahead of their rollout into passenger service.
These tests follows tests between Manchester and Carnforth and Warrington and Lancaster. They also follow the introduction of 319s to Blackpool as well as Virgin Pendolinos.
Now, two of the trains, built by CAF in Spain, has rolled into Platform 6 of Blackpool North right on time.
This is a step closer to finalising the future of rail travel in and out of Blackpool and the Fylde Coast.
Why is a diesel train heading onto electrified lines? Simply because the whole of the Northern network is not electrified and means these trains are perfect to catering for passengers around the network.
New locations are also on the cards, like reinstalling the York service, and a possible route to Scarborough. Rumours have also circulated about possible express services from Windermere to Wigan via Preston to meet up with Bolton, Leeds and other cross-Pennine services.
All of this will be clarified this year as the extra trains come into passenger trains.
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