Founded in 2012, Vivarail's primary
objective has been to build a new type of passenger rolling stock for
urban, commuter and rural railways across Britain, based on conversion of
former London subway trains (D78) into ground-breaking Class 230
Vivarail is led by retired Chiltern Railways
Shooter and includes a development team with a combined 200+
years' experience in railway engineering and operations.
is based at a rail-connected site in central England with full
manufacturing facilities and a dedicated 4km test track.
2014, RDC purchased a 50% interest in Vivarail in association with its
Class 230 DEMU prototype made its debut operating as a special shuttle
service from Honeybourne to Long Marston for visitors attending the Rail
Live 2017 event. The middle car demonstrated a range of seating options,
spacious toilet, WiFi and USB sockets.
"Riding the Class 230 Vivarail D-Train"
(Video length 00:07:51)
"Riding from Vale to
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