British Rail Class 185

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About British Rail Class 185

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The Class 185 Pennine Desiro is a diesel multiple-unit passenger train of the Desiro family built by Siemens in Germany for the British train operating company First TransPennine Express. 51 units were acquired, representing an investment of £250 million. The Siemens "Desiro UK" family also includes units of Classes 350, 360, 380, 444 and 450. Fifty-one of these three-carriage 185s, together with nine two-carriage 170s, have replaced the Class 158s (North and South Transpennine Express routes), Class 175s (Manchester Airport to Blackpool/Cumbria routes) and Class 220/221 Voyager trains (operated by Virgin Trains on Manchester to Scotland routes). The trains are members of the Desiro family, of which electric variants were already serving in Britain as Classes 350, 360, 444, and 450 at the time of their introduction. Depots : The first train started operating on 14 March 2006 and the full roll-out of all 51 was completed by December 2006. Two depots have been built in Manchester and York to maintain the trains, along with a new fuelling facility in Cleethorpes. These trains are powered by Cummins QSK19-R engines through a Voith 3 speed hydrodynamic transmission powering both axles

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