Development of our forthcoming class 321 Electric Multiple Unit saw us travel to Old Dalby in Leicestershire recently where Eversholt allowed us close up access to one of their units.
This unit was the test bed for a series of life-extension alterations to the interior and traction equipment under the “Renatus” project.
30 units are being modified; the modifications include the fitting of new fully accessible toilets and full air conditioning. Apart from the fairings for the air-con units on the roofs the the exteriors of the trains are not being significantly altered as they are judged to have aged well – both materially and in style.
The opportunity was taken to photograph all aspects of the vehicle – both inside and out. Some of the underslung equipment on this unit is new. This will not be depicted as our model will represent units prior to the conversion work.
We were accompanied by a colleague from Rapido and the photographs, measurements and drawings already received will enable work on the CAD drawings to get underway now.
We’d like to extend our thanks to Chris Jenner (aka Mr 3-2-1) who is managing the Renatus project – seen here on the left with Revolution’s Mike Hale – and to everyone who made us welcome.