Not if you just allocate them diagrams assigned to 315s.
Thanks for the times; I may 'book' an appointment to ride one. What has been irritating to me is that there's usually at least two of them sitting in the depot while I am going past on an ageing 315 with no air con.
Still only 1 working though? 11 in service by the end of September is clearly not happening.
Not necessarily - is it the same one working every day, or are they trying out different ones each day to ensure there are a sufficient number run in by the end of the month?
A different unit is allocated to this diagram each day, however the unit hasn't been able to complete the full job and has been replaced by a 315 for the latter part of it. From Monday a 345 will now work the full diagram starting at Ilford EMUD at 07:00 returning cars at 20:14.
345 010 was the only out I noted during this evenings peak... and we're getting towards mid September.
There were several in Ilford this morning, including one in the shed... with another one out (might have been the same unit as this evening).
Tick tock, tick tock to getting 11 out by the end of this month... as I'm sure that only 6 or 7 Class 345's (No.s 345 005 upwards) that have been delivered and are in service to the east side of the future Elizabeth Line so far !
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Not yet; I believe the plan will be for them to take over in May 2018.
Only on the Heathrow Connect services in May next year.
Is Old Oak Common XR depot even ready to take trains yet? I understand the XR tracks between OOC and the XR portal are now being relaid to the final layout but that's not critical for May 2018 passenger services. I'd assume 1 or 2 345s will have to be at OOC fairly soon for testing including into Heathrow. There is not a lot of time left to get through testing, mileage accumulation / reliability build up and driver / route training.
Got my first 345 this morning, 008 formed the 08:12 from Ilford to Liv St. I normally get the 08:14 as the 08:12 is normally packed and not everyone gets on and this doesn't happen on the 08:14 but when I saw it say 'Formed of 7 coaches' I knew I had to get on it but even though it was busy it cleared the platforms at Ilford and Forest Gate (fast train) and I loved how cool it was (temperature wise).