The Class 801 A-Train AT300 is an electric multiple unit manufactured by Hitachi, in use on Stepford Express. These trains are formed of 5 coaches and cost 1688 points, normally 2250. When this train was first released, its price was lowered to 1800 points until December 26th, as part of SCR's Christmas sale.
In real life, the Class 801 entered service in 2019, and was meant to replace the old InterCity 125 and InterCity 225. The class 801 has 2 variants, 801/1 is 5 coaches long, operated by Stepford Express and the 801/2 is 9 coaches long. In real life, these trains are operated by LNER.
The Class 801/1 features 1 first class cab car, 1 first class/standard class car, 2 standard class cars and 1 standard class cab car in the back of the train.
- This train was not shown in a sneek peek, however it did appear in the background of the Westercoast sneak peek and was mentioned when BanTech stated that he was trying to fix the sounds for multiple trains, including the Class 801.
- This train has the second-highest class number in the game being behind the Class 802, but beating the previous train being the Class 755.
- Class 801 is exactly the same as the Class 802 running on Airlink, with the exception of class numbers, liveries, and operators.
- In real life, these trains are replacing the Class 43.
- This train is nicknamed the Purple Penguin or just Penguin in SCR while its nicknamed Azuma on LNER in real life.
- The Class 801 shared the exact same horn sound as the Class 185, Class 360/1, Class 755 and the Class 802.
- The Class 801 shares the exact same sounds as the Class 802.
- Due to the low price of this train, it's really common to see them on Stepford Express routes.
- Most Stepford Express drivers start with this train.
- However, this slightly changed when the Ten Million Update was released, which released the Class 220 and Class 221. They are the same price and now, the Class 801 is less popular but still remains one of the most popular Stepford Express trains in the game.
- Despite having 5 coaches instead of 6, the Class 801 is about the same length as the Class 43, including the locomotives.
- The maximum speed of the Class 801 in real life is 140 MPH, but in SCR the service speed is limited to 125 MPH to match with the max speed of the line.
- In real life, this train is operated by London North Eastern Railway.
- As they have an aerodynamic cab, it is easy to crash into buffers. This also applies to Class 802.
- The Class 801 has received a NGv3 upgrade in version 1.7
- The rebuild was expected to come with the Class 802 rebuild in V1.6.5 but was delayed because the rebuild was taking more time than expected.
- This train and the Class 802 have no destination boards on the front of the train. However, they do have them on the side.
- The first class cab car only has accessible doors near the back of the car painted grey and the front doors painted with the livery will not open when the train’s doors are opened. This does not apply to the standard class cab car which has both doors that can open. This also applies to the Class 802.
- This train is also the only fully electric train in Express; all other trains in the operator are diesel or diesel-electric operated.
- This train and the Class 802 have a separate area blocked off to passengers. This area is behind the cab but in front of the main passenger cabin for first class. The Class 801’s blocked off area was noticeably smaller than the Class 802 before Version 1.7, but has now been made the same size.
- In real life, this is where the on-board kitchen would be.
- This is also the only train in Stepford Express to not have a majority yellow front. It does have an orange band running on the top of the cab. Other trains that has the band include the Class 802 (not that noticeable because of the livery) and Class 730.
- If you go into the cab view, you will see, that the front window is not covering every hole in the front up. This also applies to the Class 802.