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British Rail Class 195

The Class 195 Civity[6] is a class of diesel multiple unit which is currently being constructed for Arriva UK Trains subsidiary Northern by Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF. A total of 55 units are to be built, 25 two-car units and 30 three-car units.

British Rail Class 195 Civity
Northern CAF Class 195.png
Artist's impression of the Class 195
In service From 2018
Manufacturer CAF
Built at Irun, Spain[1]
Family name Civity
Replaced Class 142
Class 144
Class 153
Class 185 [nb 1]
Constructed 2017–
Number under construction 55 units to be built
Formation 25 x 2-car units
30 x 3-car units
Fleet numbers 195001–195025 (195/0)
195101–195130 (195/1)
Capacity 124 seats (195/0)
204 seats (195/1)[3]
Operator(s) Northern
Train length 48.05 m (157 ft 8 in) (195/0)
71.4 m (234 ft 3 in) (195/1)
Maximum speed 160 km/h (100 mph)
Prime mover(s) One per car, Rolls-Royce MTU 6H1800R85L[4]
Power output 523 hp (390 kW) per engine[5]
Transmission ZF EcoLife
Multiple working Within class
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) (Standard Gauge)

Construction started in July 2017, and the Class 195 units will be phased into service between December 2018 and December 2019.



The announcement of the new trains was made by Arriva UK Trains when it was confirmed that it would become the next operator of the Northern franchise from 1 April 2016.[7]

The bodyshells of the 195s will be constructed in Zaragoza and the wheelsets will be constructed in Beasain. Final assembly of the units will take place in Irun, with the first completed Class 195 scheduled for testing at Velim in March 2018.[8] Construction started in July 2017.[9]



Northern Rail Class 195 101 at Velim test centre

In early 2016 it was confirmed that Spanish rolling stock manufacturer CAF would construct the new diesel-powered trains, planned to operate on some Northern Connect regional express services and allow for the replacement of Class 142 and Class 144 Pacer trains.[10] The first set will arrive in the United Kingdom for testing in Spring 2018, with the new stock gradually phased into service between December 2018 and December 2019.[9]

In January 2018, it was announced that the first route that the Class 195 trains would operate would be on services between Chester and Leeds in December 2018. [11]


In 2016, the open access operator Go-Op said that it would aim to procure a fleet of Class 195/1 units to operate its planned service between Taunton and Nuneaton.[12]

Fleet detailsEdit

Class Operator Number Year Built Cars Unit nos.
Class 195/0 Northern 25 2017- 2 195001–195025
Class 195/1 30 3 195101–195130

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ The routes the 195s will be used on have a variety of stock used currently from Class 142 Pacers to Class 185 Desiros. However, the delivery of 195s will allow cascades to allow Northern to no longer require 142s, 144s, 153s and 185s.[2][3]