Porterbrook

  • Porterbrook donates Class 43 HST power car to National Railway Museum

    Porterbrook donates Class 43 HST power car to National Railway Museum

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    Porterbrook, the rolling stock owner and asset manager, has today announced the donation of record breaking HST power car 43102 to the National Railway Museum.

  • Locomotive Services buys Class 86 and 87 from ETL

    Locomotive Services buys Class 86 and 87 from ETL

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    TWO former West Coast AC electric locomotives have been bought by Locomotive Services Limited from Electric Traction Ltd (ETL). The last mainline Class 87 – No. 87002 Royal Sovereign – along with 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS had been hired by ETL to GB Railfreight for working empty stock from the Caledonian Sleeper between London Euston…

  • Porterbrook wins hydrogen race as converted ‘319’ makes public debut

    Porterbrook wins hydrogen race as converted ‘319’ makes public debut

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    Word: Ben Jones THE UK’s first hydrogen-powered main line train moved under its own power for the first time at the ‘Rail Live’ event in June.  Porterbrook ‘HydroFLEX’ demonstrator No. 799001, extensively modified from dual-voltage EMU No. 319001, has been fitted with a hydrogen power pack, allowing it to run as normal on electrified routes, or independently…

  • Freightliner plans new Ipswich depot – and more Class 90s?

    Freightliner plans new Ipswich depot – and more Class 90s?

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    Freightliner has submitted a planning application to build a new locomotive and wagon maintenance facility at its Ipswich Yard site. The depot will feature a fuelling point, a 54-metre long maintenance shed with overhead cranes, and an inspection pit and a wheel lathe for locomotives and wagons. The new facility is expected to create 20…

  • Bombardier to fit ETCS kit on Heathrow Express ‘387s’

    Bombardier to fit ETCS kit on Heathrow Express ‘387s’

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    PORTERBROOK has signed a contract with Bombardier Transportation to fit ETCS digital signalling equipment to Great Western Railway Class 387 EMUs, which are being converted for Heathrow Express services. The investment by Porterbrook is valued at £11million. GWR is having 12 Class 387s converted for the airport express work, with No. 387140 having already been…

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