British Rail Class 804

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British Rail Class 804 Super Express
Family nameA-Train
Entered service2022 (planned)
Number under construction33 × 5-car sets
Fleet numbers804001–033
Operator(s)East Midlands Railway
Line(s) servedMidland Main Line
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge

The Class 804 is a class of bi-mode multiple unit which will be built for East Midlands Railway by Japanese rolling stock manufacturer Hitachi.[1] Based on the high speed A-train platform, a total of 33 five car units are to be built, with these planned to replace Class 43 and Class 222 stock.


In August 2019, Abellio, the new operators of the East Midlands rail franchise, placed an order for 33 five car bi-mode units which will be deployed on services on the Midland Main Line. The Class 804 fleet is currently planned to enter service in 2022.[2]

Hitachi have described the upcoming Class 804s as an "evolution" of the existing similar Class 802 trains. However, the 804s will feature a revised nose profile, with facelifted end headlight clusters, giving the units a slightly different appearance.[3] Additionally, there will be four diesel engines per five-carriage train (versus three on the 800s and 802s), and the 804 carriages will be 2 metres (6.6 ft) shorter due to platform length constraints at EMR's St Pancras International terminus in London.[3]

Fleet details[edit]

Class Operator No. built Year built Cars per set Unit nos.
Class 804 East Midlands Railway 33 TBC 5 804001–033

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Abellio invests £400 million in new Hitachi trains for East Midlands Railway". Global Railway Review. Global Railway Review. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  2. ^ Clinnick, Richards. "Hitachi wins £400 million deal for East Midlands Railway bi-mode fleet". RAIL Magazine. RAIL Magazine. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Abellio orders East Midlands inter-city fleet". Railway Gazette International.