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COP26 Battery Train

Vivarail is able to supply Class 230 and Class 484 trains in quantities to suit the needs of the operator.  The trains use the bodyshell and bogies of the D78 stock as part of Vivarail’s commitment to useful life extension and saving waste, energy and materials.

The trains are essentially brand new with everything replaced or upgraded, depending on customer requirements.

West Midlands Railway


Vivarail’s first fleet of trains has been running the Bedford-Bletchley line since 2019.

The fleet is now one of the most reliable on the network and is maintained by Vivarail technicians at the main Bletchley depot.

With new interiors complete with USBs points and a stylish bespoke layout the trains have been met with approval and acclaim by passengers.

The train was built as a diesel electric unit but is fully upgradeable to become a battery electric train and the operator is looking at carrying out that conversion in the future.

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Transport for Wales


Vivarail’s trains were chosen as the flagship fleet for the new Welsh franchise.

The UK’s first ever battery hybrids will run the Wrexham-Bidston line.  They were chosen both specifically for this difficult route as they are able to cope with frequent station stops on a hilly line, whilst still shaving minutes off the previous diesel train service due to their superior acceleration.

Transport Minister, Ken Skates, is one of the VIPs who has visited Vivarail’s main manufacturing base to see these ground-breaking trains being built and check out the new technology developed by Vivarail.

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South Western Railway


Vivarail’s fleet of electric trains were chosen as part of the multi-million pound upgrade of the Island Line.

The first train was reported on nationally by the BBC as it was delivered by road, sea and rail – a once-in-a-lifetime event.

The trains will provide a zero-emission service on this popular tourist route using the Isle of Wight’s third rail infrastructure.

The trains will be launched in summer 2021 when the line re-opens, ready to carry local commuters and holidaymakers.

The trains were chosen for the durability and reliability.  The logistics of getting new trains to the Isle of Wight is complicated and expensive – so this fleet will be in service for many many years to come.

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International rail entrepreneur, Henry Posner III, is developing this new type of service in the US.

Passenger numbers are growing in the country and Henry’s company, Railroad Development Corporation (owners of the Iowa Interstate railway) will use battery trains as shuttles into city centres.

This exciting new venture has huge potential and Henry’s reputation for excellence and his numerous contacts mean it has huge potential over the coming years.

The first train will be launched in 2021 and RDC will continue to work with Vivarail to order new trains as the market grows.

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COP26 climate change conference took place in November in Glasgow.  It was attended by leaders from across the world – including the reinvigorated US administration as part of their commitment to tackle emissions.  Along with Davos and the G20 summit COP26 saw the world’s leaders in one place.

The UK used COP26 to showcase the country’s technological innovation and ability to decarbonise, as part of that Vivarail launched its battery technology to the global market.

Supported by the Department for Transport, Network Rail and Transport Scotland, Vivarail led the alternative traction event.  Vivarail ran a daily service out of Glasgow for delegates and VIPs to introduce this new technology.  It was extremely high-profile and has never been done before.  The Cabinet Office has stated the UK will be delivering an innovative and immersive experience, and the world’s first battery train fully approved for passenger service certainly achieved that.

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