British Rail Class 180

British Rail Class 180 "Adelante"
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Class 180, no. 180114 at Cheltenham Spa on 31 March 2004
In service2000 - Present
ManufacturerAlstom
Family nameCoradia
Number built14 trainsets
Formation5 cars per trainset
Operator(s)First Great Western
First Hull Trains
Northern Rail
Specifications
Maximum speed125 mph (201 km/h)
Prime mover(s)Cummins QSK19
Braking system(s)Air/Hydrodynamic
Safety system(s)AWS, TPWS
Coupling systemScharfenberg
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A Class 180 unit at Radley, showing its roof
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180110, at Bath Spa, on its way to London Paddington in First livery
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Standard Class interior of a class 180

The Class 180 "Adelante" is a type of British diesel multiple unit built by Alstom between 2000 and 2001 at Washwood Heath in Birmingham. The units are express trains originally built for First North Western but then the contract was passed over to First Great Western (FGW) to supplement their High Speed Train fleet. However, due to reliability and operating problems the decision was made to withdraw most of the fleet from service. The majority of the units have already been returned to the Leasing Company with the remainder of the fleet to follow in due course. First Great Western announced in November 2010 that the Class 180's would be returning to their fleet in Spring 2012 for use on the Cotswold Line.