Latest Rail News

03.01.17

Crossrail trains undergo intense weather testing in Austria

Crossrail trains are having their readiness to cope with extreme heat and cold tested at a special facility in Vienna.

Bombardier Transportation, which is building the new trains in Derby, delivered the front carriage of a test train to the Rail Tec Arsenal test centre on 30 December for three weeks of testing.

The train’s heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system, windscreen wipers, demister, train horns and traction motor will be subject to simulations of temperatures ranging from -25°C to +40°C. Rail Tec Arsenal is the only facility in Europe capable of this level of testing.

Howard Smith, operations director for the Elizabeth Line, as Crossrail is also known, said: “Although we've not had snow in London yet this year, we've put the train through a white Christmas.

“It’s important that we check that the new trains can operate in anything that the changing British weather can throw at them and it won't be long before our customers will be able to get on board a train, with the first of them going into service in May 2017.”

Dean Taplin, senior vehicle engineer at Bombardier, said testing all aspects of the train, including its reaction to thick snow and ice, was “key” to the passenger experience.

The extreme weather over Christmas caused disruption to rail services, with trains cancelled and delayed in Scotland and the North of England because of Storm Barbara.

Other Crossrail trains moved from Derby to London for more testing last month.

(Image c. Transport for London)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here  

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   03/01/2017 at 12:16

Not forgetting the London Overground Class 710's is also planned to be built and to be tested before its to be delivered and to operate on the Lea Valley (Liverpool St-Enfield Town, Cheshunt & Chingford to replace the Class 315's and Class 317's), Romford-Upminster (also to replace the Class 315 and Class 317), newly electrified Gospel Oak-Barking (which will replace the Class 172's) and Euston-Watford DC lines which the LO Class 710's are 4-car trains whilst the Crossrail "Elizabeth Line" Class 345's are 9-car trains with a possible 10th carriage added if possible and will soon be operated on the TfL Rail's Liverpool St-Shenfield route to replace the Class 315's before the whole route to Reading & Heathrow and Abbey Wood opens in 2019 that will see 24tph to be operated.

Eats Shoots And Leaves   03/01/2017 at 12:42

AG, I think that you have a sticky apostrophe key.

Steve B Collins   03/01/2017 at 15:34

...and the full stop is rationed to one per posting. PS. I've never read the Lynne Truss's book so I don't know what the things are that do the eating. I chose panda and gunslinger. Am I correct?

Andrew Gwilt   04/01/2017 at 15:47

BLAH BLAH BLAH. WHATEVER.

Rich   17/03/2017 at 21:35

I don't suppose every seat on the train will have the convenience of viewing the front of the train on a camera as it speeds through the tunnels ? It would be nice to have this advanced extra fitted together with a interactive map showing the exact position of the train Oh well wishful thinking

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

23/11/2017Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

Network Rail have completed £4m worth of work to stabilise embankments after a stretch of line between Watford and King’s Langley suf... more >
Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

23/11/2017Hammond pledges £250m to West Midlands transport in second devo deal

A new devolution deal has secured £250m of funding for the West Midlands transport infrastructure. The deal between the government and the... more >
NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

23/11/2017NAO: Rail network ‘cannot reliably support’ new Thameslink services

The current state of the rail network is not fit to support the new Thameslink Programme and will cause future delays and problems. It has b... more >

editor's comment

21/11/2017Keep up, we’re moving on

There has never been a more exciting time to write about rail: technology is improving, ways of working are changing and pan-industry collaboration is at its peak, all in an effort to keep up with unprecedented levels of demand. I am therefore thrilled to present you my first-ever edition as editor of RTM, which I am confident is bursting at the seams with excellent contributions from leaders across the board. One of the special feature... read more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >
Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02/11/2017Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges fa... more >
A complete step change for sleeper travel

26/10/2017A complete step change for sleeper travel

Ahead of the roll-out of new Caledonian Sleeper rolling stock next year, the company’s chairman, Peter Strachan, tells RTM’s Josh Min... more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. ... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Eurotunnel rebrand: a more ‘Anglo-Saxon’ name?

21/11/2017Eurotunnel rebrand: a more ‘Anglo-Saxon’ name?

The owners of Eurotunnel have decided to change its name to Getlink, a move which the company described as “very Anglo-Saxon.” D... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >