DCA designs interiors for InterCity 125 successor

DCA Design International is designing the interiors of more than 90 Hitachi trains, which will be supplied to the Great Western Main Line and East Coast Main Line.

Hitachi Super Express Train first class interior by DCA Design International
Hitachi Super Express Train first class interior by DCA Design International

The Super Express Trains by Hitachi Rail Europe will replace many of the InterCity 125 trains designed by Sir Kenneth Grange, first introduced in 1976 and considered by many to be a design classic.

Along the London to Cardiff and Swansea Great Western Main Line the Super Express Trains will replace the InterCity 125, and on the East Coast Main Line from London to Edinburgh the Super Express Trains will run alongside the InterCity 225.

A working prototype of the new Super Express Train is expected to be ready for testing in Spring 2015.

DCA is set to construct a full size mock-up of all the passenger interiors, which will be rolled out across nearly 600 carriages, as well a mock-up of the interior and exterior of the driver’s cab.

Hitachi Super Express Train standard class interior by DCA Design International
Hitachi Super Express Train standard class interior by DCA Design International

The carriage interiors feature extensive use of wood veneers on the end walls of the carriage and across tables.

First class will be distinguishable from standard class through its darker palette of materials.

The design of the driver cabins has been honed following consultation with different driver groups in a series of workshops to establish layout.

DCA’s technical director Rob Bassil (right) and interior design project manager and transportation sector manager Paul Rutter with the full size mock up currently under construction at DCA’s Warwick premises.
DCA’s technical director Rob Bassil (right) and interior design project manager and transportation sector manager Paul Rutter with the full size mock up currently under construction at DCA’s Warwick premises.

Hitachi’s new 125mph trains will have between five and nine carriages and operate in fully electric or bi-mode (incorporating diesel and electric traction options) enabling passengers to travel on electrified or non-electrified routes.

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  • Matthew Standage November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    The Great Western Railway goes to Cardiff/Swansea and the East Coast Mainline goes from London to Edinburgh!

  • Hana Peg November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Looks just like our trains. Especially the “cattle” trains around New York. Average speed of Acela Express between NY and Boston is about 70mph. What do we want for $100(+) one-way ticket?!

  • Peter November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    To be honest the current 125s look alot more comfortable with full length tables to put your lap top on. If i’m paying £100 for a ticket I want comfort or theres no way of justifying train over car

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