Class 387 Northern Electrics
About This Reskin
The first Class 387’s were ordered to enable the existing Class 319 on the Thameslink route to be transferred to Northern Rail for use on the newly-electrified Manchester Victoria to Liverpool via Newton-le-Willows route. On behalf of the Department for Transport, Southern issued an OJEU notice in December 2012 with proposals received in January 2013. The invitation to tender for the fleet was released the following month with final offers being submitted by 18 June 2013. Southern announced it had signed a deal with Bombardier on 30 July 2013 for 29 four carriage sets. The deal also included an option for 140 carriages which have since been taken up with 108 for Gatwick Express and 32 for Great Western Railway.
Porterbrook has purchased 80 class 387 Electrostar vehicles from Bombardier. The vehicles will be built at Bombardier’s Derby Litchurch Lane and delivery will start in October 2016, with full delivery to be taken ahead of June 2017. They have declared that these are buffer stock, where operators can obtain additional vehicles for their lines.
This reskin, is entirely fictional. If Northern Rail asked and was successful of acquiring these 387’s from Poterbrook, This is what it would look like.