Monday, 5 December 2016

Plans To Run Former Gatwick Express Train Stock On Welsh Rails



London Trains To Operate In Wales


2017 may see the easing of overcrowding on some Arriva Trains Wales rail services, which at some times has left some passengers unable to board at their local station, if plans to use former Gatwick Express rolling stock can be introduced.

New trains have replaced older trains on the route between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

As well as extra training needed before some of Arriva Trains Wales employees could operate the trains, the new rolling stock would have to receive a number of small technical modifications before the former Gatwick Express trains would be able to work with diesel locomotives.

Ken Skates, Welsh infrastructure secretary, said this month that officials were now talking to the rail industry in the hope of securing a short-term boost to the train fleet.

If agreement can be reached soon with the trains' owner, the rail industry's regular timetable change date in May would be an obvious target for introduction of the former Gatwick Express trains to Wales and Borders services.



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Sunday, 4 December 2016

UK Railways - Vivarail Tests Class 230 D-Train Prototype



Underground, Overground


Vivarail, a company formed in 2012 is to produce a new type of rolling stock designed for local rail services, has recently begun main-line trials of its 2-car Class 230 prototype diesel train.

Built at Long Marston and known as the D-Train, it has the bodyshell of a former London Underground electric Tube train and has been running on test between Tysley and Leamington Spa, where its full speed of 60mph has been attained.

Over 200 of London Underground's District Line D78, 228-car stock, which is in the process of being phased out, has been purchased by Vivarail.

The company claims that by re-using the bogies and aluminium bodyshells, while replacing everything else, it can produce economic and easily maintained diesel trains.

Instead of being powered by electricity, as per its life on the London Underground, motive power is provided by Ford Duratorq 3.2 litre diesel engines of 150 kw (200 hp) 

Although Vivarail has yet to receive any firm orders for their D-Trains, there may be plans ahead for London Midland to run a prototype under trial on the Coventry to Nuneaton line.

The original trains were built between 1979 and 1983 by Metro-Cammell, Birmingham

It is hoped that the Class 230 D-Train will be passenger service certified early in 2017.


Along These Tracks Update:  Fire Breaks Out On Vivarail Class 230 D-Train

It has transpired that a fire, which burned for about 30 minutes, broke out on Vivarail's prototype Class 230 D-Train during a non-passenger test run at Kenilworth on the 30th December 2016.

It was later found that the fire was caused by a leak in the high pressure fuel system, possibly ignited by the turbocharger.

Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter said: "We believe that we have found the root cause and a number of contributory factors which prolonged the fire.  We are determined that there will never be a repetition and believe that the measures we have set out will achieve this end".



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Friday, 2 December 2016

Flying Scotsman 2017 Heritage Railways Appearances Announced

Heritage Railway News





Three Heritage Railways To Host The 'Flying Scotsman'


The Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire, and the West Somerset Railway, which run trains between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard in the West Country, have recently been announced as the three heritage railways that will be hosting 60103 (4472) Flying Scotsman events in 2017.



Speaking about the Flying Scotsman heritage railway appearances, Paul Kirkman, National Railway Museum Director said: "It was a tough decision with a consistently high quality of bids submitted from a wide range of heritage railway companies.  After a successful tour in 2016, we weren't surprised with how many bids we received to host Scotsman.  We hope the public who will journey to view or travel behind the locomotive will join us in welcoming Flying Scotsman to there historic railways".

Matthew Stoch, Chairman of Keighley and Worth Valley Railway said: "We are incredibly excited about Flying Scotsman visiting the Worth Valley, especially before our 150th celebrations of our branch line".

Paul Conibeare, General Manager at West Somerset Railway, added: "We're proud to have been selected as one of only three heritage railways to host Flying Scotsman in 2017 and are looking forward to promoting a successful and safe event".

While Dick Fearn, Chairman of The Bluebell Railway, added: "The Bluebell Railway is delighted to have secured the services of Flying Scotsman for a special week of operations. Since opening the line to East Grinstead in 2013, the appearance of Scotsman will give thousands of people from London and the south east a chance to enjoy this renowned locomotive in the delightful surroundings of the Sussex countryside".

Appearance dates at the heritage railways have yet to be announced.  Details of dates, times and ticket prices will be provided by each of the railways concerned on their websites at a later date.

The National Railway Museum would like to emphasize that tickets for Flying Scotsman will be available from each heritage railway website; NOT from the NRM website.



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