Transport for Wales

  • Stadler sets spread their wings in the east

    Stadler sets spread their wings in the east

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    GREATER Anglia introduced Class 755 units on Ipswich to Felixstowe services from November 19. The move is part of the expansion of operations of Stadler bi-mode units. Greater Anglia is in the process of cascading its remaining Class 170 ‘Turbostar’ units to Transport for Wales, and the rollout of Class 755s is increasing. Sets are…

  • ‘Pacers’ to work with PRM compliant units

    ‘Pacers’ to work with PRM compliant units

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    GWR and Northern have indicated how they will combat restrictions placed on the use of Class 142-144 ‘Pacer’ units from January 1, 2020. Both will run a non-compliant ‘Pacer’ with a compliant unit of another type to provide accommodation for passengers with limited mobility and also access to a fully accessible toilet. The restrictions have…

  • Vivarail battery hybrid trials underway

    Vivarail battery hybrid trials underway

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    TRIALS using a Vivarail Class 230 battery hybrid multiple unit were operated on September 9-10 between Evesham and Moreton-in-Marsh. In addition to diesel power on its converted trains, Vivarail can harness battery power, with hydrogen eventually planned. The company is building on tests undertaken in 2018 when its development set No. 230002 ran 60 miles between…

  • Stanier pair celebrate Conwy Valley reopening

    Stanier pair celebrate Conwy Valley reopening

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    NETWORK Rail and Transport for Wales Rail Services hosted a special main line steam trip on August 3 to celebrate the reopening of the Conwy Valley line in North Wales. ‘The Conwy Quest’, double-headed by West Coast Railways’ Stanier ‘8F’ No. 48151 and ‘Jubilee’ No. 45690 Leander, ran from Chester to Blaenau Ffestiniog.  At Llandudno Junction there…

  • Merseyrail top of punctuality charts

    Merseyrail top of punctuality charts

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    Merseyrail was the UK’s most punctual passenger train operator in 2018/19 with an average of 95.51% of trains running on time.

  • May timetable brings more seats and trains – but no repeat of 2018 chaos

    May timetable brings more seats and trains – but no repeat of 2018 chaos

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    New timetables came into force across the UK network on May 19, adding around 1,000 additional services.

  • Vivarail unveils hydrogen D-train as DfT backs green rail schemes

    Vivarail unveils hydrogen D-train as DfT backs green rail schemes

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    VIVARAIL is offering a hydrogen-powered variant of its ‘D-Train’ upcycled multiple unit, having developed diesel, battery and hybrid versions.  The hydrogen train will follow the design of the Transport for Wales Class 230 fleet, with two driving motor cars powered by Hoppecke batteries. The only difference being instead of a diesel genset beneath the intermediate…

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