First Capital Connect (FCC) passengers on the Thameslink route may notice a train with a new colour scheme.
This is the first Class 319 train to have undergone the fleet’s latest scheduled mechanical overhaul – a C6 as it is known in the industry.
The overhaul, which takes four weeks per train, ensures the ongoing operational reliability of the 319 fleet.
The scope of the work includes a complete service of mechanical and electrical parts and systems. This includes the brake system, power equipment, door mechanisms and interior components such as the heating.
Once complete the exterior of the trains is painted in a new colour. This livery follows the colour scheme of the new Class 700 Siemens Thameslink trains and the refreshed Class 365 trains on FCC’s Great Northern route.
It acts as a blank canvas for the future operator’s brand. There are no changes to the interior in this phase of the work.
FCC Engineering Director Robin Kay said: “This overhaul is part of our ongoing fleet management schedule to maintain and improve the reliability of our trains for our passengers.”
First Capital Connect operates trains from London to Bedford, Brighton, Wimbledon and Sutton on the Thameslink route and Peterborough, Cambridge and King’s Lynn on the Great Northern route.
Approximately 180,000 people travel with First Capital Connect every weekday – 95,000 on the Thameslink route and 85,000 on the Great Northern route.