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3310 at Leeds
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No: 15432   Contributor: John Turner   Year: 2004   Manufacturer: GEC-Alstom   Country: England
3310 at Leeds

3310 photographed at Leeds when they were operating
their. The photograph was taken on 10/01/04


Class 373 Eurostar - Co-ed.
Picture added on 27 October 2012 at 10:46
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This must be one of the five North of London sets which were leased to GNER in 2000 to provide additional capacity on its routes from London King's Cross. The units were utilised on its White Rose titled services to York, and later to Leeds. The lease ended in December 2005, after which they were returned to Eurostar. Due to limitations in the power supply on the East Coast Main Line the units were barred from operating at times of peak electrical demand. The trains were restricted to run between King's Cross and York and later to Leeds because the sets comprised 14 coaches and those three stations (including intermediate stations served by the units between the sectors) had platforms long enough to handle the extra length. Also the units were restricted to 110 mph (177 km/h).
Each power car has a four-digit number starting with "3" (3xxx). This designates the train as a Mark 3 TGV (Mark 1 being SNCF TGV Sud-Est; Mark 2 being SNCF TGV Atlantique). The second digit denotes the country of ownership:
30xx UK
31xx Belgium
32xx France
33xx Regional Eurostar
Each half-set is numbered separately.
On 16 May 2006 a Eurostar set a new record for the longest non-stop high speed journey, when set 3209/10 made the 1, 421-kilometre (883 miles) journey from London to Cannes in 7 hours 25 minutes. This was a result of Eurostar's partnership with the Da Vinci Code film. The train carried actors Tom Hanks and Audrey Tautou and director Ron Howard, who had jointly named the train The Da Vinci Code prior to departing London on its way to the film premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Added by Peter Langsdale on 27 October 2012.
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