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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 D-Trains.

Vivarail was founded by retired Chiltern Railways chairman Adrian Shooter and includes a development team with a combined 200+ years' experience in railway engineering and operations.Vivarail is based at a rail-connected site in central England with full manufacturing facilities and a dedicated 4km test track.

In August 2014, RDC purchased a 50% interest in Vivarail in association with its management team.

The 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.


Kineton Road Industrial Estate
Westfield Road
Southam, CV47 0JH
United Kingdom
+44 (0) 1789 532230
Alice Gillman, Head of Marketing