TfL Rail / Crossrail / The Elizabeth line
Whilst awaiting the arrival of a London-bound train from Derby Midland Station on Friday, 16th June 2017, I spotted one of the new seven-car Class 345 trains (built by Bombardier in Derby) that will see use on the new rail service. The train was stabled on one of the pass routes to the side of the station, and was sandwiched between a couple of brake vans at either end of the formation.
The stabling position for the train couldn't be better - the buildings in the background used to be part of Derby's once-extensive Locomotive Works; the whole site is steeped in history.
The train carried TfL Rail branding; however, this will be changed when the Elizabeth line name becomes official, once through-running commences.
The sleek profile of the new train contrasted sharply with the much older Mk I coaching stock that was coupled to it.
The number seen on the side (340110) revealed that this is train 345010, which comprises cars 340210, 340310, 340410 and 340510 as well.
Three generations of rolling stock design are captured in the picture below, as Reading-bound CrossCountry Class 220 'Voyager' is seen on the platform prior to the arrival of the London service. Incidentally, although the 220s are another Bombardier product, they were not built in Derby, but in Bruges, Belgium.