Vivarail News

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 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: @geofftech @allthestations...

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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 here Of course time has moved on since then and our first battery production trains will be running early...

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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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Railway Industry Innovation Awards

We finished a brilliant week at the Railway Industry Innovation Awards on Friday.  Our battery D-Train was highly commended in the Environment category - a fantastic achievement for the whole team as we only began the development a few months ago. As a company we are...

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First passenger service at the Rail Live show

We had a fantastic two days at the Rail Live event this week - where our D-Train was the star of the show.  We provided a shuttle service from Honeybourne on the main Paddington line through to the event, our first opportunity to show off the train! What a brilliant...

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How to book your Rail Live ticket

As proud members of the Rail Alliance we have been delighted to work with them and RAIL on this year's exciting Rail Live event. To book your ticket (and get a chance to be one of the first to ride on the D-Train!) visit: http://www.raillive.events/ We will be on...

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Class 230 mainline testing

The Class 230 DEMU prototype begins its next set of testing tomorrow.  The train will travel between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh on the Cotswold line throughout the day.    The train will leave the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at 11.39 to go to Moreton-in-Marsh,...

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RAIL’s competition winner

We were delighted to meet Paul Haines today, winner of the RAIL cab desk competition.  Paul, a driver with Cross Country, made the trip to Long Marston with his wife, Andrea, to collect the desk. We took a ride on the battery train and had a good look inside the cab...

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The D-Train at Rail Live

Vivarail is looking forward to welcoming the very first passengers to its D-Train prototype during the Rail Live 2017 show on 20 and 21 June at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre. D-Train Shuttle Service The D-Train will be run a passenger shuttle from Honeybourne -...

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