Vivarail – designer and builder of the Class 230 – is one of the latest firms to book to exhibit at the Modern Railways RVE expo.
In just four years the company, based at Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston, has completely re-engineered former London Underground D78 units to create a new main line train, the Class 230, with options to run on a variety of power sources. The first of the new units entered main line service with West Midlands Trains in April this year, with further Class 230s set to be delivered to Transport for Wales by the end of the year.
The company is pioneering the use of battery power, to be incorporated in the Welsh units, 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.
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