Vivarail News

Modern Railways interview with Adrian

Thanks to Philip Sherratt who came to see us and has produced a great article for the October edition of Modern Railways. In advance a little taster of the feature: https://www.keymodernrailways.com/article/vivarail-zero-emission-trains-video

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Hydrogen report in today’s Times …

As a leading proponent of green technology for rail we are closely involved in the potential of hydrogen. Today's report in The Times contains some interesting facts ......

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Profile of Liam Scott – one of our key people at Seaham …

Profile of Liam Scott – one of our key people at Seaham …

The Northern Echo took some time to talk to Liam who has become one of our most key members of staff since he joined us. Liam was responsible for developing our air conditioning systems and is now integral to our R&D programmes. The Seaham facility is responsible...

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Tangent article – Adrian will be speaking at upcoming events

The securing of a £1.5m loan from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund has been the latest success in a positive year for Midlands-based Vivarail. Now, following the government’s re-commitment to decarbonising its rail networks, the company has a key role to play as...

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Battery trains and decarbonisation of the national network

Battery trains and decarbonisation of the national network

Vivarail welcomes the recent announcements regarding new technologies for rail, and the growing understanding that battery trains will be a key part of the decarbonisation agenda. Battery trains have been much misunderstood until now – the assumption has been that...

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Vivarail to fast track new growth after MEIF loan

Vivarail to fast track new growth after MEIF loan

(photo taken before lockdown) Vivarail Limited, designers and manufacturers of emission-free battery trains, has secured a £1.5m loan from the Midlands Engine Investment Fund Debt Finance, managed by Maven Capital Partners. The Stratford-Upon-Avon firm will use the...

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First time together – 230006 and 230007

First time together – 230006 and 230007

This photo shows the first two completed Wales and Borders trains outside together for the first time. 230006 has been undergoing extensive testing on the Cotswold line to ensure all the systems are working - and working together! There have needed to be software...

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First trip on 230006

First trip on 230006

As part of its testing before it goes into service 230006 has been accumulating miles on the Cotswold Line. Today was the first day Adrian Shooter rode on the train - the UK's first battery hybrid being built for Transport for Wales to operate the Borderlands...

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New images of 230006 on the mainline

New images of 230006 on the mainline

The UK's first battery hybrid has been out of the mainline for testing and mileage accumulation for weeks now. It has successfully completed hundreds of miles running on the Cotswold line most days. This photo taken at Honeybourne comes courtesy of Peter Tandy...

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40 miles on battery power – a UK first for Vivarail

40 miles on battery power – a UK first for Vivarail

Vivarail’s Class 230 battery train has achieved a UK first by travelling 40 miles on battery power alone.  In testing runs through the autumn the train reliably ran this distance many times. The Class 230 battery train is fully approved and ready for passenger...

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Class 484 – trains for the Isle of Wight

Class 484 – trains for the Isle of Wight

Rail Minister Chris Heaton-Harris will visit Brading Station today as the Department for Transport principally funds South Western Railway’s proposals to improve the sustainability of the railway linking Ryde to Shanklin. This follows a multimillion investment...

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A first for Vivarail – and a first for the UK!

A first for Vivarail – and a first for the UK!

Vivarail, pioneers of emission-free trains, today ran the UK’s first ever passenger-carrying diesel/battery hybrid train on the national network. This huge achievement means that Vivarail has set a new standard for clean, green rail travel - and delivered another...

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Winners at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards

Winners at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards

We are so proud and delighted to have won the Environment award for our Class 230 battery train and fast charge system.  The awards are one of the industry's top events and to be recognised by our peers for the work we've done is really heartening. As a company we...

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230004 is in service!

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 …

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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