Vivarail News

230004 is in service!

Our very first train has successfully started serving the passengers on the Marston Vale line - running the 0516 this morning. The full statement from West Midlands Trains is below:   View in a web browser West Midlands Trains First Class 230 begins passenger...

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60 mile range and patented fast charge system …

  Emission-free trains today ... Battery trains are nothing new - the first one came into service over 100 years ago! But making them suitable for today's demanding railways has been a major challenge - until now. A 60 mile range and patented fast charge systems...

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Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates has visited rolling stock manufacturer Vivarail to see the new Transport for Wales trains that will transform the customer experience for rail users in North Wales.

The trains are part of the £5 billion investment being made by Transport for Wales across Wales and the Borders and are expected to go into service first, in North Wales, during 2019. With fully accessible toilets, power sockets, electronic passenger information,...

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All delivered!

The first fleet - admittedly small but nonetheless - has been safely delivered to London Northwestern Railway for service on the Marston Vale line.  Units 230003, 004 and 005 are now all at the Bletchley depot and watch this space for news on their move into passenger...

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230005 on its way to Bletchley

Unit 230005 today left Long Marston to start its new life on the Marston Vale line.  As with 003 and 004 it travelled via Oxford where we got a few nice images - and looking forward to getting some good ones of all 3 of them at Bletchley depot shortly.

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230004 arrives at Bletchley

So delighted to announce that unit 230004, the second of the trains for the Marston Vale line, arrived at Bletchley today.  The train travelled from Long Marston to Bletchley on the mainline and no doubt some excellent photos will appear online shortly.  But for now...

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Vivarail spearheads development of green fuel technologies

Our latest press release with new images of the forthcoming Class 230 hydrogen train... British company spearheads development of green fuel technologies for rail UK train designers and manufacturers Vivarail today revealed new visuals for their hydrogen train showing...

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Future Rail – upcycling in the rail industry

Interesting report by Future Rail on green initiatives in the rail industry - including us of course! "If recycling leather seats has turned out to be a laborious work, imagine the struggle of giving a whole fleet a new lease of life"

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Merry Christmas

A very happy Christmas from all at Vivarail.  Our offices open again on Monday 7th January and we look forward to another successful year!

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Wow – an edible 230

The hugely talented Lisa Walters, wife of Ian Walters at SLC Rail, made this amazing cake to raise money for The Railway Children charity.  Lisa chose to base the cake on the classic design of the Class 230 which seems to suit a delicious treat as much as it does the...

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Vivarail official statement – Marston Vale line

Vivarail Class 230 trains delayed Vivarail has today informed London Northwestern Railway that there will be a delay in delivering the Class 230 units for the Marston Vale line.  Both partners have worked tirelessly to bring the trains into service for the December...

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A new era of the railway has begun

A new era of the railway has begun for the people of Wales & Borders. Transport for Wales has successfully taken over the operation of Wales and Borders from Arriva Trains Wales. Branded as Transport for Wales Rail Services, the 15 year contract will be delivered...

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