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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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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.

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!

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

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

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

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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