News: Refurbished ‘321’ Renatus launched
Published 20 December 2016, 16:44
30 overhauled units for Greater Anglia
The refurbished Class 321 Renatus EMU has been officially launched by owner Eversholt Rail and operator Greater Anglia. The upgrade work is being carried out by Wabtec Faiveley in a dedicated workshop at its Doncaster plant.
The work involves a comprehensive interior refit, including the provision of new seats, flooring and glazing, saloon air conditioning, PRM compliant accessible toilets, power sockets at each row of seats, LED lighting and passenger Wi-Fi. A total of 30 units are to be modified, with work due to be completed by the middle of 2018. A parallel programme is seeing the units fitted with new traction packages supplied by Vossloh Kiepe. The project builds on the creation of the Class 321 Demonstrator by Eversholt, which showcased refurbishment possibilities and was subsequently retractioned to prove this concept as well.
The first Renatus production unit, No 321303, entered service in the autumn and has completed over 7,000 miles in passenger service. It has now moved to Vossloh Kiepe to undergo retractioning work, and is due to re-enter passenger service in early 2017. The unit showcased at the launch, No 321304, is the second production unit, with a further three undergoing work at Doncaster during December.