Javelin Train UK

What Is The Javelin Train?

Bullet trains present iconic images of Japanese life and culture, and now they're creating the same images on the UK rail systems. On 12th Dec 2008, the first UK Javelin train raced into London on its inaugural high speed rail journey.

These good looking dark blue liveried Javelin trains - also known as Class 395 -  offer the fastest domestic service rail travel in the UK and went into full passenger service in December 2009. Built by Hitachi, the 140mph maximum speed Class 395 Javelin train completed the first rail journey from Ashford in Kent to London St Pancras in 37 minutes.

From the first scheduled service in December 2009, there have been around 29 Javelin trains in service with Southeastern rail on the Kent to London
(St Pancras to Ebbsfleet/Ashford) domestic rail service and High Speed 1 Channel Tunnel Rail Link routes, reducing previous journey times from around 83 minutes to 37 minutes. Southeastern rail lease the trains from HSBC Rail.

Starting on 27th July 2012 -officially the first day of the Olympic Games - the Javelin train got to use its 340 seat capacity on the Olympic Javelin Train service that promised to speed spectators from St Pancras to the main Olympic Games site in Stratford - East London in just under 7 minutes. The service performed admirably and quickly became an integral part of the overall games experience for spectators.

With this promise of speedy, effective travel to the London Olympics site it's rather apt that the trains had been named after British personalities who are easily associated with speed.

Sports fans can also get the chance to ride what will become known as the Paralympics Javelin train service, when the trains will perform their cross London high speed duties once again. One of the Paralympics Javelins has been named after the
Paralympic star and London 2012 ambassador Marc Woods.

Train spotters will be well advised to get a brand new pair of Sony video binoculars to capture one of these Javelin trains on video. They'd make a great sight when viewed in 3D hurtling towards you on the tracks at top speed.

With their Japanese heritage, it wouldn't be surprising for future enhancements to the Javelin train experience for travellers to include the addition of some on board entertainment.  It's possible that interest in anything related to entertainment or online interests could see 3D TV screens or PCs built in seat back units, giving travellers the chance to watch TV, movies, listen to music.

Javelintrain.com will bring you the latest Javelin Train news describing developments on these exciting new fast rail services.
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Javelin Train - History & Timeline

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July 27th to August 12th 2012 - The Javelin train service was diverted from its normal High Speed Rail duties, becoming the key to fast cross-London travel for the duration of the 2012 London Olympics.

May 2011 - Hitachi have announced plans for 
bidding to win a new contract for designing and maintaining the high speed fleet to run on the planned 34bn high-speed line (HS2) between London, Birmingham, and the North of England

Successful full service introduction, with scheduled Javelin Train high speed services between London and Kent - 13 December 2009

Last of the 29 train order delivered - August 2009

First timed run of the service that will carry 25000 Olympic visitors per hour - 27 July 2009

Trial service commences St Pancras to Ebbsfleet - 27 June 2009

First journey Kent to London - Dec 12 2008

Javelin Train reaches 150mph on first test run - 3rd Oct 2007

Javelin Train on public display - 2nd Oct 2007

First train delivered from Japan - August 2007

Order placed with Hitachi for 28 new high speed trains (29th added later) - 2004