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We have a fantastic new visitor on temporary static display here at Ruddington. Joining us for the Easter Holidays courtesy of Eurostar International is Eurostar Power Car Class 373/2 No. 3308.

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Why not join us over Easter to see not only the Easter Bunny but to have a look at this marvel of modern engineering, capable of travelling from London to Paris in 2 hours 15 minutes and London to Brussels in 2 hours with speeds up to 186 miles per hour / 300 kilometres per hour.


Known as the TransManche Super Train (Cross-channel Super Train) during development until start of service in 1993, the train is designated Class 373 under the British TOPS classification system and series 373000 TGV in France. It was built by the French company GEC-Alsthom at its sites in La Rochelle (France), Belfort (France) and Washwood Heath (England) and by Brugeoise et Nivelles in Belgium

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3308 was Built for the Regional "North of London" services which unfortunately, for various reasons never came to fruition so has never seen public service.


With the opening of High Speed 1 in November 2007, the depot for London was changed from North Pole International depot adjacent to the Great Western Main Line in west London, to Temple Mills depot near Stratford International in east London. 3308 however, still carries her North Pole depot stickers.

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Only Seven "North of London” trains were ever built with 14 carriages, including two carriages with powered bogies. The full consists are 312.36 metres (1,024.8 ft) in length and have 558 seats: 114 in first class, 444 in standard class.  The power car we have on display is 22.25 metres (73ft) alone. These were designed to operate the proposed Regional Eurostar services.

All images are courtesy of Phil Stanway and © GCRN LTD.



Published: 14 August 2020 21:43

Author: Phil Stanway