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VIVARAIL

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Vivarail was born in 2015 with three key aims:

To produce low cost, low maintenance rolling stock
To develop systems and designs that would make use of emerging technologies
To bring innovative and smart ideas to benefit passengers, operators, the environment and the wider rail industry

In four years Vivarail has grown from start-up to full train manufacturer:

Fully approved 3-car DEMU that has been in mainline passenger use
Soon-to-be-approved 2-car battery train that will be used as a demonstrator vehicle
Received the first order to build 3 x 2-car trains for the Marston Vale line, due for introduction to service in December 2018
Created 50+ new jobs
Expanded premises at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre
Opened a new factory at Seaham
Developed and patented a range of systems

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Vivarail has designed and built a train that can be used now and in the future:

All power modules are inter-changeable so a train built with a diesel engine can be changed to batteries or fuel cells
Trains can run as hybrids so a battery train can house supplementary diesel engines as a fail-safe
The Automatic Charging Point allows battery trains to run on non-electrified lines
Designs are underway for Vivarail’s next generation of new-build trains which will use the same power systems as the Class 230 – the modules mean all Vivarail trains can take advantage of new technologies as they emerge

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