The Anonymous Widower

A Pair Of Class 230 Trains In The Sun

The picture is from Vivarail and shows a pair of their Class 230 trains in the sun.

Compare it with this picture I took in 2014 and showed with others in Raw Material For A New Train.

The trains certainly scrub-up well.

The improvement is more than cosmetic, if you read this Press Release from Vivarail, which is entitled First Time Together – 230006 And 230007.

Features of this pair of trains for Transport for Wales include.

  • They are the UK’s first battery hybrid trains.
  • The trains are geo-fenced, so that the gensets are not used in sensitive areas or stations.
  • The batteries allow fast acceleration comparable with other electric trains.
  • The gensets charge the batteries.
  • They have high-specification interiors.

These trains must be an ultimate example of recycling, when you consider that the London Underground D78 Stock, on which the trains are based, were built around forty years ago.


I’m certainly looking forward to riding in these trains.

June 9, 2020 - Posted by | Transport | , ,


  1. shows 230006 rattling through Hagley on a test run – actually, not rattling, as they seem pretty quiet

    Comment by Peter Robins | June 28, 2020 | Reply

    • I’ve ridden in a diesel and an electric one. Both quiet!

      Comment by AnonW | June 28, 2020 | Reply

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