¡Hola! 195, A vista to hold in memory with the other train first's for Blackpool. We had the Pendolino's last year shortly followed by Northern's 319 electric sets.
Then two electric rail tours using the over head wires to power into the town, and now one of the new CAF Spanish built trains rolls in to the station on platform 6 bang on time looking fine under the canopy of clear sunny Blackpool weather.
Greeted by members of Northern staff and others from the railway community this shiny train put many a smile on the faces waiting to take in what this means for Northern and Blackpool.
Its a step closer to finalising the ultimate plans for the future of rail travel in and out of the Fylde coast to new and existing locations across the Northern network.
Some question why a diesel train is under the new Phase 3 electrification process and not using it's EMU sister the new electric version class 331?
Simply put, the whole Northern network is not all electrified thus these sets are perfect and part of the ongoing improvements to cater for the passengers across the area providing cleaner, quieter and more efficient stock of trains.
New locations are on the cards like re installing the badly missed York service, possible route to Scarborough. Even speculation of express services from Windermere to Wigan via Preston meeting up with Bolton, Leeds and other Pennine services.
All to be clarified later this year as extra trains and more of these units are expected to form regular services along with more newer stock, refurbished trains and extra trains coming in from other rail operators to elevate the pressures of a growing railway in the North.
A local rail follower stated the class 37's are now finished and done with on the Cumbria coast, the class 68's that were to replace the 37's are off to civil engineering duties.
Trains like 156's or similar that can work the Cumbria coast shall take over as from now while ex 158 Scotrail units soon to arrive over the border may cover the Blackpool - York service.
Rail Advent Story : https://www.railadvent.co.uk/2019/01/watch-new-trains-arrive-into-blackpool.html
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