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  • Hitachi wins £350million order for new West Coast trains

    Hitachi wins £350million order for new West Coast trains

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    Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory will deliver a new fleet of 23 trains for Avanti West Coast in 2022.  The completion of Intercity Express Programme (IEP) and ScotRail Class 385 EMU orders are on the horizon, and the £350million deal is a further boost for the County Durham facility after securing the contract to supply bi-mode…

  • ‘Plain Jane’ look for ‘Pendolino’

    ‘Plain Jane’ look for ‘Pendolino’

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    THE end of Virgin Train West Coast franchise is just two months away, and an on-going repaint programme has led to the release of the first unbranded Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ set.  The repaint work is part of the interim maintenance regime, which began in June 2017. Set No. 390137 was released from Alstom’s Technology Centre, at…

  • Washington to New York non-stop

    Washington to New York non-stop

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    AMTRAK has announced plans to introduce a non-stop ‘Acela’ high-speed train pair between New York and Washington DC from September 23.  The non-stop trains will take 2hr 35min, with the current fastest ‘Acela’ services taking just under three hours, stopping in major cities such as Philadelphia and Baltimore en route. Read more News and Features…

  • Upgrade for NET fleet

    Upgrade for NET fleet

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    NOTTINGHAM Express Transit unveiled an upgrade to its original fleet of Bombardier ‘Incentro’ trams on May 10.  The fleet of 15 trams will receive mechanical and styling improvements to make them more like the newer 22 Alstom ‘Citadis’ trams. The ‘Incentro’ trams have been in service since the Nottingham network opened in March 2004.  They…

  • TransPennine accepts first of 13 ‘Nova 3’ sets

    TransPennine accepts first of 13 ‘Nova 3’ sets

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    TRANSPENNINE has received the first of 13 ‘Nova 3’ carriage sets.

  • Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

    Abellio awarded East Midlands franchise – after DfT disqualifies Stagecoach

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    A decision by the Department for Transport (DfT) to award the East Midlands rail franchise to Abellio in the face of the disqualification of incumbent Stagecoach could have far reaching effects on rail franchising. The decision could lead to the Virgin Trains name disappearing, company founder Sir Richard Branson has admitted. .@VirginTrains can’t accept a…

  • Former Alstom factory reduced to rubble at Washwood Heath

    Former Alstom factory reduced to rubble at Washwood Heath

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    DEMOLITION of the former Alstom factory at Washwood Heath began in late-February. The site was previously used by Metro-Cammell, and was where the majority of Virgin ‘Pendolino’ trains were completed.  Redevelopment of the site – located at the centre of the HS2 network – is in excess of 110,000 sq m, and will permit the…

  • IMechE: Hydrogen trains ‘no replacement for electrification’

    IMechE: Hydrogen trains ‘no replacement for electrification’

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    The move to develop hydrogen-powered trains is a vital part of the process to improve air quality.

  • It’s a breeze as Alstom and Eversholt Rail unveil hydrogen train for UK

    It’s a breeze as Alstom and Eversholt Rail unveil hydrogen train for UK

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    ALSTOM and Eversholt Rail have unveiled plans to re-engineer a number of Class 321 EMUs to run on hydrogen. The first units could be in service by 2021. Following Alstom’s successful introduction of the ‘Coradia’ iLint hydrogen trains in Germany, there is a focus to create a similar train in the UK, and the two…

  • Tube deal gives green light to Goole factory for Siemens

    Tube deal gives green light to Goole factory for Siemens

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    SIEMENS has been confirmed as the winning bidder for the £1.5billion contract to build a new fleet of Underground trains, which means the proposed factory in Goole can now go ahead. Siemens was awarded the contract in June, but it was put on hold following a legal challenge by rivals Bombardier, Hitachi and Alstom. That…

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