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My First Ride On A Class 484 Train

These pictures tell the story of my first ride in a Class 484 train.

Note.

  1. Ryde Pier Head station could do with a refurbishment.
  2. The train was formed of a pair of two-car units.
  3. The interior shows its origins in London Underground D78 Stock.
  4. There is a fully-functioning information display.
  5. At some stations, there is step-free access between train and platform.

These are a few of my other thoughts.

Ride

This was like a D78 Stock train on a good day after a major service.

Operating Speed

I timed the train running along happily at 40 mph on my phone.

Build Quality

More 2020 than 1978.

Timekeeping

The single train was running an hourly service.

As time went on it was getting further behind schedule.

Could this have been due to the power supply not being able to power two trains at the same time, in the same place on the line?

I have just looked at the Real Time Trains figures for yesterday and they are documenting power supply and signalling problems.

It also looks like some trains lost time between Ryde St. Johns Road and Brading. Perhaps this section is short on power.

Customer Reaction

It appeared to be positive.

 

November 1, 2021 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 6 Comments

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 | , , , , , | 7 Comments

Retired London Underground Train Travels Forty Miles Solely On Battery Power

This article on Railnews is a summary of today’s news and has a subtitle of Battery Train Sets British Record.

This is the first sentence.

A battery train from Vivarail has achieved a British first by travelling 64km on battery power alone, and the feat has been repeated many times during tests.

The train was a Vivarail  Class 230 train, that is based on retired London Underground D78 Stock.

The picture shows the prototype battery train, when I rode it in 2018 at the Bo’ness And Kinneil Railway.

The article also says this.

Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter  is predicting that production versions of the battery trains will be able to run for almost 100km between charges, which will take just 10 minutes.

Battery trains appear to be going places.

January 15, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 6 Comments

Battery Class 230 Train Demonstration At Bo’ness And Kinneil Railway

I went to Vivarail‘s demonstration of battery version of the Class 230 train, which was given at the Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway.

For some pictures of the original D78 Stock see Raw Material For A New Train.

So what did I think of the train?

Build Quality

From what I saw, the build quality was certainly better than that of a Pacer, which these trains could replace on some routes.

Doors

The single-leaf doors are unusual, as most London Underground stock, only has these at the ends of the cars.

But they worked successfully for nearly forty years of heavy service on the District Line, so they are probably up to the lesser rigours of service outside the Capital.

London Underground Legacy

I talked with one of the Vivarail engineers and he said, that the trains had been retired with a lot of new parts and he pointed out the quality f the floors, some of which go back decades.

It certainly seemed, that the trains could be described as having One Careful Owner.

Noise Levels

Noise levels were low, but then they were in the Class 379 BEMU, that I rode in January 2015.

Intriguingly, both trains have the same batteries, but that has nothing to do with it.

Ride

The quality of the ride was good and very much up to the standard of the S Stock that replaced the D78 Stock on the District Line.

Seats

As the pictures show, the seats of the Class 230 train are based on those of those in the D78 Stock.

The seats in the new train weren’t hard and seemed to my memory to be about the same standard as those in the older train.

So perhaps they were!

Vivarail are offering the train with different interiors, so I suspect those that pay, will get what they want.

Toilets

This train was not fitted with a toilet, but Vivarail will be fitting them to some trains.

USB Ports

There is a USB port between the seats and I was able to charge my phone, as one picture shows.

Conclusion

I think it is true to say, that this battery Class 230 train was a good start.

With more new components like seats, tables and toilets they could be impressive.

October 10, 2018 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , | 15 Comments