New rolling stock will also be introduced. From 2016 Class 700 units built by Siemens will be launched on the route but in the interim Class 387 Electrostars are filling the gap. These will eventually operate at speeds up to 110mph separating them from other Electrostars on the enhanced Southerm/Southeastern network and Gatwick Express. However there are already Electrostars on the route, again on temporary loan from Southern. I had caught one of them to London Bridge from Farringdon and she looked rather good in the London sun.
|377509 at London Bridge en route to Brighton|
The first Class 387's entered service on Monday and thanks to Norfolk Scene for publishing the diagram I was able to intercept them en route to hospital in Sussex yesterday. Due to the East Anglian network falling apart yet again I didn't get the extended ride I was hoping for but instead was waiting at London Bridge for her arrival.
|3 day old Class 387106 enters London Bridge en route to Bedford|
|387107 at the rear of the train at London Bridge|
|The interior of the rear coach of 387107. Note the extra partition with 1st Class at the far end.|
|Power Sockets at every seat! When are we going to get them on GEML so my bloody phone battery doesn't run out on the way back from London!|
At Blackfriars I got another couple of shots including the new Thameslnk logo.
|The new Thameslink logo|
|A better view of the side, with the Southern influence more obvious on the doors, taken at Blackfriars|
|One last look at 387107 at Blackfriars|