A very hot day out at Rail Live, the UK rail industry trade show yesterday. I managed to get a look round the new Stadler 777 class units for Merseyrail. Built by the Swiss company Stadler, the first of these has just completed testing.
MerseyRail has ordered 53 of these EMU’s, with two having a battery system to allow them to travel beyond the existing electrified area. The units also have provision for overhead wires as well as 3rd rail power, as any future extensions to the Merseyrail network will almost certainly be powered by overhead wires instead of 3rd rail due to safety concerns.
Under an extensive programme of works, 97 platforms were altered to allow level boarding & improve accessibility.
The trains feature level boarding throughout, neat cycle spaces & plenty of info display screens. The first ones are expected to enter service later this year.
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