Trains For The Future

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14 March 2019 17:30 - 19:00
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Trains for the Future



Vivarail was born in 2015 with three key aims: to produce low cost, low maintenance rolling stock, to develop systems and designs that would make use of emerging technologies, and to bring innovative and smart ideas to benefit passengers, operators, the environment and the wider rail industry. In four short years the company has design, built and had mainline certified its first 3-car diesel electric multiple unit (230001), the UK’s first battery-only EMU for 50 years (230002), a fleet of three 2-car DEMUs for West Midlands Trains and is now in the middle of building a further five 3-car diesel-battery hybrid trains for Wales and Borders. At the same time, taking advantage of the Class 230’s unique modular architecture, the company is pushing ahead to develop a hydrogen fuel-cell variant, a battery train for the US market, and a fast-charging system which it hopes will become the new UK standard for such technology. This talk will present the story of Vivarail so far and give an overview of the exciting future in store.

About Dave Horton

Graduating from Imperial College, London in 2007, Dave Horton is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer who has spent over a decade in the rail industry. His first seven years were spent at Bombardier in Derby on bogie design, where as part of a small, close-knit but highly skilled team he was given a solid training in aspects such as structural design, vehicle dynamics, suspension design, gauging and project engineering, working on bogies destined for all corners of the globe. Moving into the ‘real railway’, Dave then spent a couple of years as a Field Maintenance Engineer at Central Rivers and Etches Park depots working on the Class 22X Voyager and Meridian DEMU fleets before taking a diversion into the heritage scene as Head of Mechanical Engineering at the West Somerset Railway. In September 2018, Dave joined Vivarail as a Project Engineer to take forward the Class 230 hydrogen train project, but in October 2018 became Chief Engineer covering all aspects of the company’s engineering portfolio.





Dave Horton is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer – Imperial College 2007. Dave started in Bombardier - Derby on bogie design. Dave then spent a couple of years as a Field Maintenance Engineer at Central Rivers and Etches Park depots. In September 2018 Dave joined Vivarail: he became Chief Engineer.


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