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UPGRADING THE CORNISH RIVIERA LIMITED.

Once upon a time, Going Great Western meant chocolate-and-cream coaches and green steam locomotives with polished copper and brass.


That's an O Scale model of King Stephen.

Since then, we've seen nationalisation, and privatisation, and fragmentation, and souped-up diesel rail cars to everywhere in England, Wales, and Scotland, and yet, there is again a passenger train operator called Great Western, and new coaching stock will be linking the West Country with London Paddington.
The Devon and Cornwall fleet, Class 802, is currently being built in Pistoia, Italy and due to enter passenger service next summer (2018).

In total three test trains will be used ahead of the trains entering passenger service in 2018.

The Class 800 fleet is already being tested in the UK and due to enter service later this year on routes between London and the West of England, and the Cotswolds. This fleet is being built at Newton Aycliffe, County Durham.
The numbering is felicitous, I can think of a small Class 800 fleet of passenger trains that contributed to the most comprehensive intercity passenger service in the world at the time.

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