This is what Thameslink passengers will be riding in from sometime in 2016 as the first of the new trains arrive.

A mock-up of one which is essentially real, except that it has no wheels was put on display today for a few hours to have a look. And a set of wheels put on display next to it.


New Bogies


Shiny new train


Discover the sign says, so I did.


Joints between carriages


First class passengers get plug sockets for their laptops


All the buttons, or gauges, or something


Inside the drivers cab!


Not the usual view a driver will see when driving the train


First class seating area


SOS emergency by the wheelchair area


Fully walk through trains




Embark here if you have two, or four wheels


Glossy white train


Entry — notice the double upright rails to hold on to


Close buttons


Floating seating


Lots of handholds on the seats for standing passengers


You can never have too many warning signs


Small ball joint to support the floating seats


Turn right


Digital displays with digital adverts




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  1. dave_in_chiswick says:

    Looks nice, but strange that it has the coupling always exposed – I was under the impression they were of fixed length and would never be operated in multiple.

    • Lloyd Collins says:

      The couplings are there more as a method of recovering the train should it break down, or for shunting operations in depots etc.

  2. Long Branch Mike says:

    Check out the stacked speakers at the end of the windshield in the driver’s cab!

  3. Edwin Chappell says:

    They need a coupling on each end ready for when they break down and need rescuing! Also, that does not look like much legroom; did you try the seats for comfort Ian?

  4. Dave says:

    “Joints between carriages”
    They’re “gangway connections” (or what the toy-trainset brigade call “corridor connections”).

  5. Gerry says:

    Looks like it has all the problems of modern trains. Cramped, uncomfortable, far too few seats, you have to disturb someone (or be disturbed) when accessing / exiting seats, etc.

    Worst of all, there’s nothing to lean against when you have to stand; as usual, they’ve thoughtfully designed the seats’ grab handles so that they jab you in the back.

  6. Neil Nerva says:

    What about drop down small tables in standard class airline seating?
    Can’t cost that much to fit

  7. Jimmy says:

    Do the floating seats have pneumatic suspension? That’s going to feel quite different to being solidly attached to the floor, no?

    • Eric says:

      It looks similar to the longitudal seating on the Metropolitan line’s S8 rolling stock and that feels no different to seats attached to the floor

  8. Paul says:

    The “buttons, or gauges, or something” are safety system isolation switches. 🙂

  9. Mike says:

    “Platform exits are located to your right” – what a mouthful! Why not just the word “Exit”, with an arrow?

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