First glimpse of Lancashire’s new train of the future

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The first new electric train built for rail operator Northern is nearly ready to roll off the production line.

And it will make its debut on the Lancashire tracks by the end of the year.

Northern bosses have revealed the new unit, or a diesel version, will be put into service on either the Blackpool or Windermere to Manchester Airport route.

The train is one of 98 being built as part of £490m deal to modernise the rail operator’s fleet to meet customer demand and electricification of the line from Manchester through the North West.

Forty three electric and 55 diesel trains are now being built at CAF’s plant in Zaragoza, Spain.

Steve Timothy of Eversholt Rail, which will own the trains, said: “This is a very exciting project. We are delighted to be working with Northern.”

David Brown, Managing Director at Northern, said: “This is a landmark moment for Northern and for rail travel in the north of England.

“We are introducing 98 new electric and diesel trains which will significantly improve journeys and the travel experience for our customers across the region.

“As well as looking like 21st Century trains, our new state-of-the-art units will be capable of travelling at 100mph, will have wifi, plug sockets at every seat, will be air conditioned and fully accessible.”

Watch out for a special feature on the project coming soon.