The VivaRail Class 230 project has taken a major step forward with demonstration runs with passengers of the latest battery powered two-car set taking place at Rail Live, held at Long Marston on 20/21 June 2018. The set No. 230002 operates from underslung batteries and can run from its four battery rafts for around 40 miles with just an eight minute charge, or for up to 50 miles from a 10 minute charge. The set is fully fitted out as a suburban train with a mix of seating styles. The demonstration of this silent train, follows the announcement of production orders for Class 230s for West Midlands trains (3 two car sets) and five three-car sets for Transport for Wales. Colin J. Marsden
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