Vivarail News

Vivarail announce new order for Wales and Borders

Vivarail is delighted to announce that it has been chosen as preferred bidder to supply a fleet of Class 230 D-Trains to KeolisAmey for the Wales and Borders franchise.  The trains will be the first to come into service as part of the new franchise and will...

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Busy times …

It's never been exactly quiet in our workshops but this summer is the most exciting yet.  Right now we are: building trains for the Marston Vale line working through the approvals for 230002 - the UK's first modern production battery train carrying out mainline...

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New image of 230001 at Evesham

230001 has been busy running on the Cotswold line for continued testing and accumulating mileage. This great shot of the train coming back from Evesham was taken by Peter Tandy and you can check out his other images...

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Cath Bellamy joins our sister company Vintage Trains Ltd

Vintage Trains Ltd is delighted to announce that Cath Bellamy will be taking up the role of Managing Director. Cath has been a senior figure in the UK Rail Industry for the last 25 years during which she has been Managing Director of Chiltern Railways and Hull Trains...

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Vivarail D-Train projects make progress …

VIVARAIL, which is offering modern low-cost regional trains to the British and international markets using trains built with former London Underground aluminium coach bodies and bogies has completed its first entirely battery powered train and is making progress with...

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D-Trains to the US? Railway Gazette talk to Henry Posner III

‘We believe that there are a lot of areas with potential for rail transit applications ... having a demonstrator available would enable us to test the validity of a proposed transit project in the market’. Read the full account of what RDC Chairman Henry Posner III...

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D-Train ‘to be tested in US cities’

Great article from IRJ following an interview with Henry Posner III, chairman of Railroad Development Corporation and investor in Vivarail.  Henry talks about how the D-Trains could provide “pop-up rail transit or commuter rail services” in urban areas. Fascinating to...

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Vivarail to supply new trains for the Marston Vale Line

Vivarail, the designers and manufacturers of the Class 230 D-Train, has entered into an agreement with West Midlands Trains to build three new D-Trains for use on the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley. These will be the first trains to be introduced...

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Geoff from All The Stations came to visit us …

Take a look at his report below or here. It was a pleasure to host Geoff and the London Transport Museum Friends last week!  A lovely group of people and a pleasure to show everyone what we've done to create the Class 230s Follow Geoff in his travels:...

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Battery train update

Our first production train is in its final build stage and is due to go out on the network - fully approved for passenger service - by the summer. Photo credit: Ben Jones Battery trains are not new but battery technology is - and Vivarail is leading the way in new and...

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Upgrade to IT Systems Notice

“We are currently upgrading our telecommunications and IT systems, which will most probably make us temporarily unavailable to receive calls/emails. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience which may be caused. We will be back up and running as soon as we...

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Fully Charged Show

We were very lucky to host Robert Llewellyn of Fully Charged Show earlier this year to talk about our market-leading battery train.  Do have a look at the footage below or here. Of course time has moved on since then and our first battery production trains...

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New trains, new technology and new jobs

  Earlier this year we announced that the first two D-Trains would be ready for service in 2018.  To make this happen: we scaled up our production process and built a new strip-out facility we employed new people: creating jobs and investing in training to create a...

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Vivarail announces grant to develop new battery train

Vivarail, the designers and manufacturers of the Class 230 DEMU, today announces new investment to develop their ground-breaking battery D-Train. The Accelerating Innovation in Rail grant competition is run by Innovate UK and Vivarail’s success recognises the huge...

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