The class 373s entered traffic in November 1994 with the opening of the Channel Tunnel, on services between London, Brussels and Paris. They are essentially TGVs built by GE-Alstom to the UK loading gauge, with additional channel tunnel safety and 3rd rail power equipment. The original order was for 31 18-car 'Three Capitals' sets and 7 14-car sets for North-of-London services that never started. Of the main fleet, 11 were 'BR' class 373/0s, 4 were Belgian operator SNCB class 373/1s and 16 SNCF class 373/2. The sets have worked more widely than the original launch routes, to seasonal destinations. Five of the North London sets operated with GNER between 2000 and 2005. They later saw use on domestic services in France, as had some of the SNCF 'Three Capitals' sets. In 2014 new Siemens 'Velaro' e400 sets were delivered, and of the older trains - now referred to as e300- some were scrapped and some refurbished.
With the opening of HS1 and the transfer of Eurostar trains from Waterloo to St Pancras in November 1997, this scene is ow history. Shortly into its journey to the Continent, SNCB 373013 is seen passing Factory Junction.
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