Regular Metropolitan line customers will have by now likely at least seen (if not travelled on) one of the new S Stock trains. The first of these new trains, classed as S8 (denoting the number of carriages) started service on 31st July 2010 (see earlier posts here and here for more details) whilst S7 trains (with seven carriages) will begin to be rolled on the Hammersmith & City line between Hammersmith and Barking in time for the Olympics in 2012. The Circle line will follow shortly after, ...
Rail Magazine are reporting that Siemens have won the race to supply the new Thameslink Rolling Stock, beating out Bombardier. Both Alstom and Hitachi exited the rolling stock race early, leaving Siemens and Bombardier to fight it out for what will likely prove to be a rather lucrative contract. Both suppliers offered up modified versions of existing rolling stock – Bombardier’s Electrostars and Siemens’ Desiros – and ultimately it is to Siemens that the DfT have turned. ...
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