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Vivarail To Unveil 80mph Super-Class 230 At COP26

The title of this post, is the same as that as of this article on Rail Magazine.

This is the first paragraph.

Vivarail intends to show off a new design of battery-powered zero-emission Class 230 unit at next month’s COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow.

Features of the train include.

  • 80 mph operating speed, as opposed to 60 mph of the mph of the current Class 230 train and 45 mph of the original London Underground D78 Stock.
  • Two driver cars and a trailer car in between.
  • Ten minutes to fully charge the batteries.
  • The two driver cars have three battery packs.

I doubt the designers of the train at Metro-Cammell, envisaged this future development.


October 8, 2021 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , ,


  1. What an alarming thought. 80mph in an elderly underground train with little wheels? It’s the equivalent of stuffing a Trabant with a Ferrari engine!

    Comment by Stephen Spark | October 8, 2021 | Reply

    • I did once see the Cooper-Buick sand-racing on Ainsdale Beach in the 1960s.

      It is probably the only rear-engined front-wheel-drive car in capativity.

      Comment by AnonW | October 8, 2021 | Reply

    • The S Stock has faster acceleration than previous trains, at 1.3 m/s2 (2.9 mph/s), but its top speed is 100 km/h (62 mph), 13 km/h (8 mph) slower than A Stock but faster than C and D Stocks.

      So sixty years ago 70mph was possible.

      Comment by R. Mark Clayton | October 9, 2021 | Reply

  2. When first got involved with the railway industry I visited Washwood Heath and Met-Cam to discuss equipment for their Class151 dmu for BRB. This was about the time the London Underground D Stock production was completing. I’m pretty certain that the Chief Engineer who I met at the time would never have imagined what Vivarail have done with it. That said, apart from the bodyshell, the structural underframe and the bogie frames there’s little left of the original construction vehicle.

    Comment by fammorris | October 8, 2021 | Reply

    • One of Vivarail’s engineers told me, that everything on the trains was in superb condition. Lots of parts had been renewed in the previous few months.

      But then surely the engineering story of the week, is Rolls-Royce picking up $2.6 billion for reengining B-52s.

      Rolls-Royce To Re-Engine A Fleet Of Aircraft That Went Into Service In 1955 For $2.6 Billion

      Comment by AnonW | October 8, 2021 | Reply

      • Working

        Comment by fammorris | October 8, 2021

      • Again, already bee n done once IIRC.

        Comment by R. Mark Clayton | October 9, 2021

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