Welcome to Vivarail
Designers and manufacturers of the ground-breaking Class 230: a train for today and tomorrow.
“delivering local rail solutions”
A Modular train
Simplicity of operation and ease of maintenance were key drivers in the engine’s modular design.
Powerpack modules are housed beneath the train, two on each driving car, each pack has an Engine and a Genset to power the motors on the bogies. Routine maintenance for oil or filters is easily undertaken by:
- Disconnecting the fuel and air hoses
- Unhooking the safety catches
- Lifting out with a pallet truck
The whole operation takes ten minutes and can be carried out using a concrete pad by the side of the track. Combined with the train’s state-of-the-art remote condition monitoring system and AC motors, both routine and unforeseen maintenance needs are cut down considerably.
Vivarail delivering local rail solutions
As a D78 the train was electrically powered by a third rail. The original Vivarail concept was to provide the electrical power using a diesel engine, thus creating a DEMU. However the train does not mind where the supply originates. Third rail, overhead lines, batteries or even power packs: the train can draw the required current from any of these sources. With a light bodyshell the Class 230 is perfect for new power technologies.
And its modular design means it is easy to change when needed. For lines due for future electrification, a DMU could be prepared for change to an EMU. Where features, such as tunnels, make full line electrification uneconomic the train could operate as an EMU/battery hybrid.
This patented system allows alternative power packs to be used in the future as technology develops.
“Seen it. Travelled in it. Like it. It’s no ‘cast off’ – where it counts it’s a new train. It deserves to do well.”Nigel Harris
“Fascinating visit to Vivarail, I have no doubt they will be successful”Alex Hynes
“The trains look promising: cheaper than new, interiors can be configured in a number of ways to suit need different markets, are diesel powered so could fill in gaps while electric wires are put up and designed to be easy to maintain. Often passengers think refurbished trains are actually new – they can feel like it.”Anthony Smith
“Fascinating trip to Vivarail today for launch of the innovative D-train – a great concept, cutting costs & carbon”David Horne
“Initially sceptical about Vivarail’s D-Train concept – now I’ve seen & ridden on prototype I’m convinced it’s viable”Toby Rackcliff
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