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Class 230 Train Is Delayed

This article from Rail Technology Magazine is entitled Vivarail trial start date delayed from October to February.

The article goes on to say there are problems with the approval process.

There are now three new types of trains, that appear to be late in appearing in public service.

  • Vivarail’s Class 230 train.
  • The Class 399 tram/train in Sheffield.
  • Bombardier’s first production train with on-board energy storage.

The delays may all be for different reasons, but could a problem like a shortage of properly qualified approval staff be a common cause.

December 3, 2016 - Posted by | Travel | ,


  1. Well, the fact that they’re having to begin testing sans middle carriage because “it isn’t ready” seems to point to a problem on their part refurbishing the carriages on them as opposed to a lack of approval staff. I read somewhere else that they’ve had issues with part suppliers too- and the project was meant have started ages ago, it’s just been delayed and delayed.

    Comment by jeff | December 4, 2016 | Reply

  2. Perhaps because nobody has has placed an order for an IPEMU yet? I maintain my view (as an electrical engineer) that battery technology is simply not mature enough yet.

    And the Class 399s have started on driver training. I’ve seen a few in operation from my flat.

    Comment by David | March 21, 2017 | Reply

  3. I think that batteries on trains have problems, if you’re doing more than a few miles. But for short lines like the Barking Riverside Extension or the branches on the Great Western they could work. They also handle reenerative braking and emergency train recovery.

    I think though you need a train where energy storage has been integrated properly into the design, as I believe it has been with an Aventra.

    I have an early copy of a Class 319 Flex train brochure and that discusses batteries, but acknowledges they may be needed to provide a power boost on some lines

    That is a very professional project, which is aimed at Manchester to Buxton.

    As to the 399s are they just running at night?

    Comment by AnonW | March 21, 2017 | Reply

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