Reliable new train: ScotRail’s No 385034 at Glasgow Central on 25 September 2019 ready to form the 15.50 service to Lanark.

ScotRail hails ‘385’ reliability

ScotRail has highlighted the reliability of its Hitachi-built Class 385 EMUs, which have led the New Train TIN-watch table in Modern Railways magazine over the last three issues.

New Train TIN-watch ranks the reliability of the newest trains on the network according to the Miles per Technical Incident (MTIN) measure. In the most recent four-week operating period ScotRail reports the fleet’s MTIN figure was 89,438, with an average of 21,617 MTIN since introduction. The operator has 70 Class 385s which it uses on routes across the central belt, including the flagship Edinburgh to Glasgow ‘Express’ service via Falkirk High.

Roger Ford, Industry and Technology Editor of Modern Railways, said: ‘ScotRail’s Class 385 fleet has been steadily pulling away from the other 20 new fleets, and in the last couple of months reliability has been keeping pace with the best trains anywhere on the network.

‘Rankings in the table are based on the average reliability over the past 12 months and at this rate of improvement the Class 385s will soon have earned promotion from the new trains league, competing with more established rolling stock throughout Britain.’

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