Train operator, East Midlands Railway, is asking passengers and the public to help name its new Intercity bi-mode trains.
The new Hitachi trains are quieter and more environmentally friendly than outgoing models. These new trains can also run using overhead electric wires and will take advantage of the £1.5bn Midland Main Line upgrade.
Thirty-three new trains are set to be built in the North East. The Class 810s are due to enter service in 2022.
The name must show the railway heritage in the region or showcase the character within the East Midlands.
Rachel Turner, Head of New Trains at East Midlands Railway, said she was looking forward to seeing what people suggest. She said: “Everyone at EMR is excited about the introduction of our new state-of-the-art bi-mode trains. They will enable us to provide our passengers with quicker and more comfortable journeys between the East Midlands and London. But before they come into service, we need help from the public to name them. We are keen that the name reflects the proud railway heritage that is so strong in this region. But as well as highlighting the special history of East Midlands, we are also looking for a name which showcases the advanced technological side of the trains. If you have any ideas please take part.”
Jim Brewin, UK Country Lead of Hitachi Rail, said: “Hitachi is delighted to be building new trains for EMR passengers. Although officially designated the ‘Class 810’. I’m excited to see the people of the East Midlands and beyond being challenged to come up with a new name for the fleet, which is set to transform journeys up and down the route when they come into service in 2022.”
To suggest a name for the new Class 810 trains, please click here to visit the East Midlands Railway website. Entries need to be in by Friday, 26th June 2020.
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