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The Office of Rail & Road has given authorisation for battery and diesel-battery versions of Vivarail's Class 230 D-Train multiple-units to be used in passenger service.
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Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bill Roberton 09/10/2018


Long Marston: Vivarail D-Train in the short platform at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The D-Train, rebuilt around former LU D78 stock, is currently undergoing testing here [see recent news item].
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

South Western Railway has revealed the first of the Class 484 electric multiple-units which Vivarail is producing for the Island Line on the Isle of Wight, and has announced the dates of a major blockade of the 137 km line when engineering works are to be undertaken in advance.
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Ben Jones visits Long Marston to find out how redundant District Line trains are being rebuilt to provide cheaper and greener alternatives to brand new multiple units and how Vivarail is looking to the future with new methods of propulsion.
(Permalink) Class 230 D-Train Long Marston Vivarail


Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bill Roberton 09/10/2018


Kensington Olympia: Penny for them... Awaiting departure time at Kensington Olympia on 22 July 2005, the driver of D Stock unit 7121, forming a District Line service to High Street Kensington, studies his newspaper. This was the morning after the failed bombing attempts at Warren Street, Shepherds Bush and Oval stations.
John Furnevel 22/07/2005


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

Today (Monday) theres good news for the users of Island Line. New trains are coming to the Island.
As anyone who has ridden the Isle of Wights train service knows, the trains that run between Shanklin and Ryde pier head are old. Really old.
The trains and carriages first came into service in 1938 on London Undergrounds Tube. Theyre so old in fact that theyre older than some of the wagons that run on the heritage Isle of Wight Steam Railway.
Five new trains
Today its been announced that the company Vivarail has been selected to build five new trains to run on the Isle of Wight.
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The first example of Vivarail's refurbished D-Trains is carrying passengers on West Midlands Trains.
The inaugural service left Bedford at 05.16 this morning, bound for Bletchley.
Three of the Class 230 units will soon be operating on the Marston Vale line, which is part of the future East West Rail link,
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Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bill Roberton 09/10/2018


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Bedford St Johns (New): A view from the road above of the 'new' St Johns station on the Bedford to Bletchley line. The vehicle recovery yard on the right contains four Standard cars - probably one of the largest collections anywhere! The train is the 15.55 from Bedford Midland to Bletchley. See image [[22133]]
Ken Strachan 17/06/2011

Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 was charged at Boness on the 9th October 2018 before public demonstrations the following days.
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Manuel: The 'D-train' battery powered 230002 halted at Manuel in October 2018.
John Yellowlees 11/10/2018


Bo^ness: Battery powered Vivarail D-train 230002 moves out of the yard at Boness on 9th October 2018. The unit took a power charge before public demonstrations the following day.
Bill Roberton 09/10/2018

The first Class 230/0 for London Northwestern Railway was unveiled at Long Marston on August 21, as the deal for three two-car trains was confirmed.
They will start running between Bedford and Bletchley from December, with testing to start in the next few weeks.
(Permalink) Class 230 D-Train Long Marston Vivarail


Fenny Stratford: Platform view at Fenny Stratford station on the Bedford to Bletchley line, looking west towards Bletchley on 24 February 2007.
John McIntyre 24/02/2007


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Bedford St Johns (New): A view from the road above of the 'new' St Johns station on the Bedford to Bletchley line. The vehicle recovery yard on the right contains four Standard cars - probably one of the largest collections anywhere! The train is the 15.55 from Bedford Midland to Bletchley. See image [[22133]]
Ken Strachan 17/06/2011

Vivarail has reached an agreement to supply three two-car Class 230 D-Train diesel-electric multiple-units to West Midlands Trains for operation from December on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley.
Vivarails D-Train uses aluminium bodyshells and bogies from former D78 metro trainsets withdrawn from service by London Underground.
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Millbrook (Beds): Two class 31s and two coaches forming the 14.00 Bedford - Bletchley train calling at Millbrook in September 1998.
Ian Dinmore 16/09/1998


Ridgmont: Services for Bletchley (left) and Bedford (right) cross at this lonely stop on the remnant of the Oxford - Cambridge 'Varsity line' in February 2012. see image [[37613]]
Ken Strachan 10/02/2012


Bedford St Johns: Remains of the old station at Bedford St Johns on the Oxford - Cambridge line, seen around 1976 looking east towards Sandy. The station was closed in 1984 when a replacement was opened on the spur running north towards Bedford Midland off to the left. See image [[34689]]
Ian Dinmore //1976

Vivarail has confirmed that the companys first two completed D-Trains will be available for delivery early next year.

Construction of the two trains is under way at the companys workshop at Long Marston, where they will be made available as either two- or three-car units, and as either diesel or battery-powered variants. [From Mark Bartlett]
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Long Marston: Vinyl-applied design on the test power car of the D-Train at Long Marston on 17 August 2015.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: D-Train conversion work in progress at Long Marston in August 2015. See image [[52425]]
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

Ten people have been evacuated from a train which caught fire.
Smoke could be seen billowing out of the three-carriage train at the old railway station in Kenilworth, Warwickshire.
The engine at the front of the train set alight, the fire service said. Operator Vivarail said it was a test train and all staff were safe.
National Rail's website said trains will not run between Coventry and Leamington Spa for the rest of the day.
Services between Manchester Piccadilly and Bournemouth will divert via Solihull and not call at Birmingham International and Coventry.
(Permalink) Class 230 D-Train Fire Kenilworth Vivarail


Long Marston: Vivarail D-Train in the short platform at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The D-Train, rebuilt around former LU D78 stock, is currently undergoing testing here [see recent news item].
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

The Vivarail Class 230 train will now not begin its trial runs on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line until next February because of problems with the approval process.
The innovative three-car D Train is built from upcycled bodyshells and bogies from London Underground rolling stock, and seats 300 passengers. The train is due to be operated by London Midland on the NUCKLE line, replacing a single car Class 153 train.
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Bedworth: An unusually green view of Bedworth in July 2012, as the 18.53 Coventry - Nuneaton continues its journey north. The hourly passenger service on this line is supplemented by lots of heavy freight see image [[35643]], which doesn't take kindly to frequent stops - hence the failure of proposals to provide a tram service on the line. Despite the empty appearance of the station in this shot, ORR statistics show a 45% increase in usage in the last year - up to 1,000 passengers per week.
Ken Strachan 05/07/2012


Long Marston: Vivarail D-Train in the short platform at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The D-Train, rebuilt around former LU D78 stock, is currently undergoing testing here [see recent news item].
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

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.
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Coventry Arena: This recently opened station would be handy for the Ricoh Arena, if it was open before and after sporting events. See image [[54104]] I await the next trade show, e.g. for computer gamers, to see whether the railway accommodates geeks more readily than sports fans. The train is the 1346 to Nuneaton; which at weekends comprises two carriages.
Ken Strachan 31/01/2016


Long Marston: Vivarail D-Train in the short platform at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The D-Train, rebuilt around former LU D78 stock, is currently undergoing testing here [see recent news item].
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015


Long Marston: Ex-LU D78 car with 'modified front end' in the yard at Long Marston on 17 August 2015. The 'modification' resulted from a controlled crash into a 3 tonne tank of water during testing of the bodyshells, which are being converted to low cost 'D-Train' units by Vivarail.
Ian Dinmore 17/08/2015

Vivarail has begun dynamic testing of its prototype D-Train DMU on the test track at its base at Long Marston in central England.

The project involves rebuilding former London Underground D78 metro cars rendered surplus by the introduction of new Bombardier trains on the District Line.
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