Vivarail prototype out on the main line


FOLLOWING repairs and modifications after a fire on board Vivarail Class 230 prototype No. 230001, the rebuilt train was tested on the Cotswold line on June 14.

The tests were ahead of using the unit on June 21-22 as a demonstrator, ferrying from Honeybourne to the Rail Live event at Long Marston.

Completing a test run on the mainline between Moreton-on-Marsh and Evesham on June 14, Class 230001 passes Honeybourne on the Cotswold Line. FRASER PITHIE

Now configured as a three car unit, 230001 has a different layout on the centre car to show an alternative permutation of seating.

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Although the main line tests on June 14 were curtailed due to technical problems after one run, the live demonstration runs – the first time the Vivarail train has carried passengers – ran without a hitch.

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