Transport for Wales’ New Class 197 Trains Come Off the Production Line

The transformation of the Wales and Borders network has moved another step closer with the first of the brand-new Class 197 diesel multiple units coming off the production line.

These new trains will provide enhanced comfort for Transport for Wales (TfW) customers with features such as leather seats (first class), stain-resistant seats and a modern air-conditioning/heating system.

The Class 197 trains also come equipped with a smart seat reservations system. Seat reservations will be downloaded from the reservation computer each time train crew change ends on the train.

Transport for Wales Class 197 train
Transport for Wales Class 197 train

The bodyshells of the Class 197 Civity trains were built in Beasain, northern Spain, by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF, before final assembly took place at the company’s factory in Llanwern, Newport.