Vivarail

  • Operators reveal their plans following Vivarail collapse

    Operators reveal their plans following Vivarail collapse

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    The future of the various train fleets affected by the collapse of Vivarail has been clarified in recent weeks as administrators work to wind up the affairs of the failed train builder and battery technology company.

  • Ryde Rail: A History of Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight

    Ryde Rail: A History of Tube Trains on the Isle of Wight

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    By Richard C Long ONE of the quirkiest and most interesting parts of the UK rail network is the line from Shanklin to Ryde Pier Head on the Isle of Wight.  Since 1967, the line has been operated using second-hand London Transport Tube trains, and this new book provides a thorough history of the island’s electric…

  • Island Line to remain in rail franchising system after four-year battle

    Island Line to remain in rail franchising system after four-year battle

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    Vivarail trains for Isle of Wight as part of £26m investment by Phil Marsh THE unique Island Line will remain a heavy rail-operated route thanks to an investment worth £26million to cover new trains, a new passing loop, new platform height, and other infrastructure changes.  The news comes at the end of a four-and-a-half year…

  • Vivarail Class 230s ready for work

    Vivarail Class 230s ready for work

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    The first use of Vivarail Class 230 DMUs on the main line is just weeks away, according to the company’s chairman Adrian Shooter. The three production sets for West Midland Trains – Nos. 230003-005 – have been involved in driver-training duties on the Marston Vale line between Bletchley and Bedford over the past few weeks. The…

  • 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…

  • Island Line Tube stock stored at Ryde pending future disposal?

    Island Line Tube stock stored at Ryde pending future disposal?

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    THE modernisation of the 8½-mile Island Line between Ryde Pierhead and Shanklin should have commenced at the start of 2019 but the Department for Transport extended its own deadline until the end of March to determine what shape the modernisation will take.  When South Western Railway was awarded the franchise it was mandated to propose…

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