Accurascale’s TPE Mk 5s debut

TransPennine Express has one of the most distinctive liveries on the railway and it is also one of only a handful of train operators to make use of diesel-hauled push-pull trains. MIKE WILD inspects Accurascale’s Nova 3 Mk 5 coaches for ‘OO’.

THE MODERN railway is filled with multiple units, but there are still daily locomotive hauled passenger trains with one of the most distinctive being TransPennine Express’ (TPE) Class 68-hauled Nova 3 sets.

Above: New in for ‘OO’ gauge from Accurascale are its Nova 3 TransPennine Express five-car push-pull sets.

These trains were introduced in 2019 with construction of the Mk 5 coaches taking place in 2017-2018 by CAF in Spain. They run in fixed formations on the Liverpool-Scarborough corridor in push-pull form with a Class 68 Bo-Bo diesel-electric. Not only do these trains stand out; the Class 68s make a brilliant sound as well.

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