These are the first images of a Hitachi Rail AT200 / class 385 commuter train for Scotrail franchise currently being held by Abellio UK. 46 3-car and 24 4-car EMUs are currently on order. 14 (10 fully assembled and 4 part-assembled) pre-series trains will be shipped to the UK from Hitachi’s Kasado Works in Japan. The remaining 56 trains will be built at Hitachi’s Rail Vehicle Manufacturing Facility in Newton Aycliffe (UK).
The contract is being financed by Caledonian Rail Leasing Ltd, a Special Purpose Vehicle created by SMBC Leasing. The first trains will go into service in late 2017. The contract also comprises a 10-year maintenance deal, with plans currently in place to service the trains at depots in Edinburgh.