Vivarail – exhibitors at October’s Modern Railways RVE show – will be able to display a smart trophy on their stand after picking up top spot in the Environment section of the Modern Railways Innovation Awards.
The firm collected the accolade for their Class 230 battery train that re-engineers former London Underground D78 units to create a new main line train that will run on a variety of power sources.
The company is pioneering the use of battery power, to be incorporated in a number of Class 230s being delivered to Transport for Wales later this year, and has devised its own recharging station for on-board batteries. It is also planning to build a prototype hydrogen-powered Class 230, with testing planned to begin within the next year, while a battery-powered Class 230 is to be exported to the United States later this year to demonstrate the pop-up metro concept in Iowa.
Caption: The Vivarail team collect their award from Professor Clive Roberts of the University of Birmingham. From left: Dave Horton – Chief Engineer, Pete Mason – Chief Electrical Engineer, Ian Wenman – Finance Director, Professor Clive Roberts (prize presenter and keynote speaker) and Alice Gillman – Head of Marketing