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IN PICTURE: D-Train prototype takes big step forward

230001 at Long Marston. STEVE WIDDOWSON.

VivaRail's D78 stock conversion has taken another step forward, as prototype unit 230001 has now been formed into a two-car unit, when a second vehicle was added in January, and a middle trailer car is now being converted at Long Marston.
The train, 230001, is formed of former London Underground D-Stock vehicles: DMA 7058, DMB 7511 and Trailer 17128.
 

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  • Ian Scholes - 22/02/2016 20:34

    Must be an improvement on a 142

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  • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 22/02/2016 22:23

    Hopefully the Class 230 DEMU trains being converted from London Underground D78 Stocks would be used on rural lines in Northern England, East Anglia and Southwest England.

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    • AndyC - 23/02/2016 16:07

      Use them on London Overground diesel routes and let the North have nice new trains - won't have to repaint them then.

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      • BigTone - 24/02/2016 19:08

        AndyC You have a point, the Overground DMUs are 100 mph units but as the stations are so close together, they will never reach that speed. These D trains have better acceleration

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        • David - 14/03/2016 15:23

          Northern is getting brand-new rolling stock whilst the Gospel Oak-Barking line is to be electrified. Fleet replacement is being taken care of.

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    • Andrewjgwilt1989 - 26/02/2016 22:12

      Still 6 votes down dosent make me ashamed.

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  • BigTone - 23/02/2016 16:37

    Not going to Northern England. New trains from CAF coming. While I'd like Adrian Shooter to succeed, I think circumstances have passed him unless he can sell them abroad (Iran had the 141s)

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  • Melvyn - 23/02/2016 18:15

    While new trains have been ordered for Northern railways they will still take several years to appear in service. Meaning it's a question of whether to continue with pacers until new trains arrive or replace some of them with these trains in the meantime . As for longer term there are still branch lines where these trains could be used thus freeing up new trains to provide more capacity on busy routes .

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