Commuters and day trippers can glimpse the future of travel.
First Capital Connect (FCC), the company which runs the trains through Sandy, Biggleswade and Arlesey, has released a video showing a carriage being stripped out and refurbished.
The video shows a Class 365 train going through the refresh programme, worth in excess of £31 million for the entire fleet. The seats are removed, doors unhooked and the carpet pulled up to leave an empty train shell.
The viewer sees the exterior repainted in a new livery and new-look features fitted. Engineers working on the two year project also explain their work.
The refresh programme will see all 40 Class 365 trains, which operate on the Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn routes to London King’s Cross updated with fresh seat upholstery, new flooring, refurbished finishes and a new, striking livery.
Each train has also been through a major engineering overhaul to maintain its levels of reliability.
The work, funded by Eversholt Rail, the company that leases the trains to FCC, is being carried out by Bombardier Transportation at a workshop in Essex.
Recently the third refreshed train re-entered service. Upgrading each train requires 560 hours to refurbish all the seats, 200 square metres of new flooring and a total of 150 new light bulbs.
FCC’s managing director, David Statham, said: “This video is a unique insight into this multi million pound project.
“It will allow our passengers who use these trains to see the complexity of the project and the hard work carried out by the skilled workers at Bombardier to deliver such a fantastic result.
“We are excited about the extra improvements that will soon be added to the trains including a wheelchair accessible toilet and LED lighting.”
Francis Paonessa, Managing Director UK for Bombardier Transportation added:
“It has been great for our team at Ilford to be involved in this film, which illustrates the extent of skilled work behind the scenes in introducing new interiors and additional features on the Class 365 trains, making them more comfortable, accessible and reliable for passengers.”
To view the video visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=w6xplP75how