Transport for Wales, Mk4 DVT, 82229 - Era 11

Transport for Wales, Mk4 DVT, 82229 - Era 11


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Transport for Wales, Mk4 DVT, 82229 - Era 11


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Built at Metro-Cammell’s Washwood Heath factory, 314 Mk4 coaches were produced between 1989 and 1992. They were built specifically for use on the newly electrified East Coast Main Line, along with hopes that a second order for the West Coast Main Line would be placed at a later date, although this second order never transpired. Mk4 coaches featured many improvements over the Mk3s such as push-button operated plug-type doors, fully sealed gangways and a designed top speed of 140mph. Much of the Mk4 design was based upon the Advanced Passenger Train. In particular, Mk4 coaches feature sides profiled to allow a tilt of up to 6° with newly fitted tilting bogies.

Mk4’s entered service in 1989 and helped drive a significant increase in passenger traffic. With privatisation in 1996, all Mk4 coaches were sold to Evershot Rail Group who have since leased them out to the holder of the InterCity East Coast Franchise. The franchise was initially awarded to Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) and has since been operated by National Express East Coast, East Coast, Virgin Trains East Coast and London North Eastern Railway (LNER) owned by the Department for Transport.

Built for inclusion in the InterCity 225 sets, 32 Mk4 Driving Van Trailers (DVTs) were built with the bodyshell manufactured under sub-contract by Breda in Italy. Whilst they were designed to operate with Class 91 locomotives as part of the InterCity 225 set, Mk4 DVTs have also operated with Class 67, Class 90 and Class 89 locomotives. 

Although Mk4 DVTs have spent most of their lives on the ECML, the introduction of Class 800 and Class 801 IEPs has freed up Mk4 DVTs to be cascaded to Transport for Wales (TFW) for use on services between Holyhead and Cardiff. These services utilise three sets of four Mk4 coaches, each with an additional DVT and hauled by Class 67 locomotives.




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Finish Satin
Operator/Livery Transport for Wales
Class Mk4
Designer Met Cam
Age Suitability 14+

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