All Vivarail articles

  • Greater Anglia Class 321 EMU.
    Rail Business UK

    Class 321 EMU battery option to be developed

    2022-07-14T11:34:00Z

    UK: Leasing company Eversholt Rail is to assess the possibility of using Vivarail’s battery traction technology to enable its Class 321 Renatus electric multiple-units to operate on non-electrified lines. The outer-suburban EMUs built by BREL in 1998-90 were refurbished by Wabtec in 2015-19 under the Renatus ...

  • Vivarail Class 230
    Rail Business UK

    Battery train and fast charger to be tested in London

    2022-02-15T15:12:00Z

    UK: Great Western Railway has signed an agreement to test Vivarail’s Class 230 battery multiple-unit and fast charging technology under real-word conditions on the 4 km non-electrified branch between West Ealing and Greenford in west London. Part of Vivarail’s family of multiple-units produced from London Underground ...

  • Isle of Wight Island Line Class 484 on Ryde pier (Photo: SWR)
    Rail Business UK

    Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopens following £26m modernisation

    2021-11-02T06:00:00Z

    UK: The Isle of Wight’s Island Line reopened on November 1, following a £26m renewal programme including the introduction of a replacement fleet of electric multiple-units rebuilt from former London Underground trains. ‘We are so excited to welcome our customers back onboard having completed the ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail ‘set to become an ever more important player’, says new MD

    2021-08-04T05:00:00Z

    UK: Steve McBride has been appointed Managing Director of Vivarail’s UK operations, with founder Adrian Shooter continuing as Chairman of the company which produces multiple-units by reusing the bodyshells and bogies of former London Underground trains. ‘Running Vivarail has been both one of the most challenging ...

  • Class 484 at Vivarail
    Rail Business UK

    Island Line reopening delayed by ‘unforeseen difficulties’ with Class 484 software

    2021-04-27T15:44:00Z

    UK: The reopening of the Isle of Wight’s Island Line following modernisation work is to be delayed, as a result of ‘complex software issues’ with the Vivarail Class 484 electric multiple-units, South Western Railway has confirmed. The first of the five Class 484 EMUs being produced ...

  • gb Vivarail TfW Rail Class 230s
    Rail Business UK

    Class 230 variants approved for passenger service

    2020-09-08T11:43:00Z

    UK: The Office of Rail & Road has given authorisation for battery and diesel-battery versions of Vivarail’s Class 230 D-Train multiple-units to be used in passenger service. Battery set No 230 002 is a demonstrator trainset powered only by batteries which was completed in 2018 and is ...

  • Three two-car Vivarail Class 230 D-Train.
    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail to relocate

    2019-10-30T06:10:00Z

    UK: Vivarail is to move its main manufacturing base from the Quinton Rail Technology Centre at Long Marston to Southam near Leamington Spa. The company said the relocation was driven by its growing order book and its development of a ‘full suite of emission-free trains’ based on ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail units take over Marston Vale services

    2019-05-29T04:00:00Z

    VIVARAIL: Class 150 and 153 diesel multiple-units have been withdrawn from West Midlands Trains services on the UK's Marston Vale Line, with all services now operated using Class 230 DMUs supplied by Vivarail. The first Class 230 unit entered service between Bletchley and Bedford last month. Vivarail has ...

  • Vivarail and Arcola Energy are to collaborate to develop a battery and fuel cell powered multiple-unit.
    Rail Business UK

    Fuel cell proof-of-concept train to be tested

    2019-05-08T12:30:58Z

    UK: A collaboration agreement for the development of a multiple-unit able to operate on either hydrogen or battery power was announced by Vivarail and fuel cell specialist Arcola Energy on May 8. The companies said they ‘share a determination to help de-carbonise the UK’s transport system’. A diesel version ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail D-Train enters passenger service

    2019-04-23T11:31:37Z

    UK: West Midlands Trains put its first Class 230 ‘D-Train’ DMU into passenger service on April 23, working the Marston Vale route between Bletchley and Bedford, which forms part of its London Northwestern Railway business unit. The Abellio-led franchise operator ordered the three two-car units from Vivarail to provide extra ...

  • The Vivarail Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-units will not enter service with London Northwestern Railway in December as had been planned.
    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail Class 230 DMU entry into service delayed

    2018-10-30T10:55:32Z

    UK: The three two-car D-Train diesel multiple-units which Vivarail is producing for London Northwestern Railway will not enter service in December as had been planned, the supplier announced on October 30. The Class 230 DMUs are being produced using the bodyshells and bogies from former London Underground D78 metro trains. ...

  • Three two-car Vivarail Class 230 D-Train diesel-multiple-units are to be used the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley.
    Rail Business UK

    Marston Vale D-Train contract signed

    2018-08-22T10:47:59Z

    UK: The contract for the supply of three two-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-multiple-units for the Marston Vale line between Bedford and Bletchley has been formally signed, manufacturer Vivarail announced on August 22. Testing is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and entry into service is planned for December. ...

  • KeolisAmey is to take delivery of five three-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-battery multiple-units from Vivarail.
    Rail Business UK

    Vivarail D-Trains for Wales & Borders

    2018-06-07T13:54:54Z

    UK: Incoming Wales & Borders franchisee KeolisAmey is to take delivery of five three-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-battery multiple-units from Vivarail, which is to produce them using the bogies and aluminium bodyshells of withdrawn London Underground D78 metro trains. Intended for use on the Wrexham – Bidston, Conwy Valley and ...

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    News

    D-Train to target US transit market

    2018-03-20T09:12:52Z

    USA: Next year could see the deployment of Vivarail D-Train diesel multiple-units in North America, under proposals being developed by Railroad Development Corp. RDC Chairman Henry Posner III told Railway Gazette that the remanufactured London Underground trainsets offered a unique opportunity to test the market for urban rail services in ...

  • Vivarail is to supply Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-units to West Midlands Trains for the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley.
    News

    D-Trains ordered for Bedford – Bletchley

    2018-03-01T10:35:26Z

    UK: Vivarail has reached an agreement to supply three two-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-electric multiple-units to West Midlands Trains for operation from December on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley. Vivarail’s D-Train uses aluminium bodyshells and bogies from former D78 metro trainsets withdrawn from service by London Underground. ...

  • Vivarail is to open a plant on the Spectrum Business Park at Seaham in County Durham.
    News

    Vivarail to open production facility in County Durham

    2017-12-11T16:30:35Z

    UK: Next month Vivarail is to open a plant on the Spectrum Business Park at Seaham in County Durham where it will assemble powerpacks and wiring looms for the D Train multiple-units which it plans to produce using bodyshells and bogies from withdrawn London Underground D78 trainsets. Vivarail is investing ...

  • Vivarail has begun testing a former London Underground D78 car which it has converted into a demonstrator vehicle for the use of onboard batteries.
    News

    Vivarail battery-powered demonstrator on test

    2017-03-22T11:00:57Z

    UK: Vivarail has begun testing a former London Underground D78 car which it has converted into a demonstrator vehicle for the use of onboard batteries. Testing of the vehicle’s range and performance are being undertaken at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre, to help inform plans for the future development of ...

  • Vivarail has released a report into a fire on its prototype Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-unit.
    News

    Vivarail releases report into D-Train fire

    2017-02-02T10:55:05Z

    UK: On February 2 Vivarail released a report into a fire on its prototype Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-unit which occurred during a non-passenger carrying test run at Kenilworth on December 30. Intended to offer a low-cost alternative to new vehicles for use on non-electrified lines, the D-Train comprises former ...

  • Vivarail's prototype Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-unit.
    News

    D-Train to enter service on Coventry - Nuneaton line

    2016-07-22T13:40:00Z

    UK: Vivarail announced on July 22 that an agreement had been reached for its prototype Class 230 D-Train diesel multiple-unit produced by rebuilding redundant London Underground vehicles to enter passenger service on the Coventry – Nuneaton line. The three-car DMU will be leased to West Midlands Combined Authority, maintained by ...

  • Vivarail D-Train crash test.
    News

    D-Train crash test

    2015-05-12T08:29:00Z

    UK: A former London Underground D78 car has been crashed into a 3 tonne tank of water as part of the testing programme being carried out in support of Vivarail’s plans to use the bodyshells of the redundant metro trains to create low-cost ‘D-Train’ diesel multiple-units for use on the ...