Class 185 - FirstTrans Pennine Express


The UK's first Desiro Diesel Multiple Unit entered commercial service in March 2006. Purpose built train care facilities in Manchester and York house a team providing full maintenance and cleaning services for the 51x3 car trains. All major repairs and mechanical work are undertaken at the Ardwick facility which can accommodate a total of eight train units at one time and includes a wheel lathe, train jacks and under floor bogie and engine drops.

The York facility was established for rapid turnaround of train servicing and cleaning “pit stop strategy” and planned ‘A’ and ‘B’ exam work. The facility is the focal point for East Coast Mainline services and also controls Scarborough, Cleethorpes, Hull and Newcastle outstations.

The second facility in York is needed due to the Class 185s’ huge duty cycle. Each train typically travels 185,000 miles each every year across a network stretching from Liverpool in the Northwest to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the Northeast, and Edinburgh and Glasgow from