An unusual project to convert retired London Underground District line cars into diesel-powered units may be about to pay off, after London Midland announced that a ^D-Train^ could enter service on its local route between Coventry and Nuneaton this year.
The line has been in the news after attempts to cater for sports crowds at the Ricoh Stadium in Coventry with hired rolling stock failed to pay their way, with fans being advised to use road transport instead because the usual single-car unit on the line would not be able to cope.
London Midland had also said that there were no guarantees that more rolling stock would necessarily be available on match days unless it was specially hired, and so it was reluctant to advertise extra services.
The three-car ^D-Train^ may help to solve the problem, and also provide more capacity for regular passengers. It has been developed by Warwickshire-based Vivarail, which has bought redundant D78 stock from London Underground.
AN unusual project to convert retired London Underground District line cars into diesel-powered units may be about to pay off, after London Midland an...
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