Earlier this week, we looked at the Class 710 London Overground Stock, and today we take a look at the British Rail Class 700 train.

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A Thameslink Class 700 | © Thameslink

A History of the Class 700

The Class 700 is a state-of-the-art electric multiple unit (EMU) that is used on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes in the UK. The Class 700 is designed to provide fast and reliable service to passengers, with features such as air conditioning, wide doors for easy access, and spacious seating.

The Class 700 is manufactured by Siemens and was introduced in 2016. The trains operate in either 8-car or 12-car formations, and are capable of reaching speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. The trains are also fitted with regenerative braking technology, which allows them to recover energy during braking and use it to power the train, making them more energy-efficient.

The 1st Class section of Thameslink’s Class 700 | © Flickr Commons

Who Operates the Class 700?

The Class 700 is operated by Govia Thameslink Railway, which is a joint venture between the Go-Ahead Group and Keolis. Govia Thameslink Railway is responsible for operating the Thameslink, Great Northern, Southern and Gatwick Express services in the south-east of England. The Class 700 trains operate on the Thameslink and Great Northern routes, which run between Bedford and Brighton, and between London and Cambridge/Peterborough/Kings Lynn, respectively.

The Class 700 trains have been designed with the passenger experience in mind. They have spacious seating, with a mix of standard and first-class carriages, and have been designed to maximise standing room during peak periods. The trains also feature free Wi-Fi, on-board information screens, and power sockets at each seat.

The Class 700 trains are also fitted with advanced safety features, including automatic train protection (ATP) and automatic train operation (ATO). ATP ensures that the train does not exceed the speed limit, while ATO enables the train to operate automatically, reducing the risk of driver error. The trains are also fitted with onboard CCTV cameras to ensure passenger safety.

In addition to their modern features, the Class 700 trains are also environmentally friendly. The regenerative braking technology allows the train to recover energy during braking and use it to power the train, reducing energy consumption and emissions. The trains are also fitted with energy-efficient lighting and have been designed to minimise air resistance, reducing their impact on the environment.

Have you recently taken a ride on a Class 700? Share your experience and any photos with us, in the comments below!

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