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Porterbrook has announced that they have successfully completed ETCS testing on the Class 387 trains for the first time this month.
The train leasing company teamed up with teams from Great Western Railway, Bombardier, DB Cargo, Department for Transport and Heathrow Airport.
The teams successfully tested the equipment during the weekend of 21st and 22nd March 2020 on the line between Reading and Heathrow.
Over ten return trips were carried out proving the functionality of the on-train hardware and software.
These teams have also already achieved a multitude of first in class outputs including:
This successful milestone testing also reflects progress with both ETCS fitment and vehicle refurbishment at Bombardier’s Ilford depot.
The GWR 387s will serve Heathrow Express customers later this year. Once introduced, the trains will offer a dedicated airport experience complete with at-seat USB power, fast wifi, ample luggage space and the option of Business First.
What did the officials say?
Mary Grant, CEO Porterbrook, said:
“Notwithstanding these challenging times, we need to continue focusing on delivering key projects so that the railway is ready to support UK PLC when the current situation stabilises. Introduction of an ETCS fitted fleet on services to Heathrow is just such a project and will enable a service uplift to meet expected passenger numbers when the airport returns to its role as a key European aviation hub.”
Matt Byrne, UK President of Bombardier:
“Though we are now on a production pause, project progress and industry cooperation continues wherever it is safe to do so. This landmark refurbishment and upgrade project, involving teams from both our services and rail control solutions businesses, is an industry first: retrofitting ETCS equipment to existing fleets.’
This article first appeared on www.railadvent.co.uk
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