Vivarail News

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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Rail Live shuttle service information

Important information from the Rail Alliance: This memo provides information relating to the Vivarail shuttles from/to Honeybourne station for rail travellers during Visitor Days to Rail Live event (21/22 June 2017) staged at QRTC, Long Marston. INTRODUCTION For those...

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First D-Trains ready for sale – delivery in Q1 2018

These trains can be built and delivered ahead of the forecast schedule due to increased production capacity as we scale up for 2017 and beyond.   The trains are already being prepared for construction at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre.  They can be supplied as...

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Batteries, hybrids and more

David King, Engineering Director, explains our plans for 2017 and beyond ... I’ve always relished the challenges of the rail industry– and I’ve certainly come across a few in my time. I spent many years working in Hong Kong, closely involved in some of the most...

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Where next for the D-Train?

Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the future of the company’s Class 230, after the recent fire incident during testing at Christmas. Adrian Shooter explores new opportunities for the Class 230 as Vivarail start work on...

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Test run incident today

Class 230 incident 30th December 2016 Whilst undertaking a test run today a fire started in one of the detachable engine modules on one of the power cars.  There were no passengers on the train and Vivarail staff were able to get off without a problem. The fire has...

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