Saving the first UK Very High Speed Trains

Today, it was announced that Alstom and Eurostar are gifting 2 of the original Eurostar power cars to the new National College for High Speed Rail – with a power car going to each of the NCHSR sites in Birmingham and Doncaster.

You can see some coverage here:

http://www.4-traders.com/ALSTOM-4607/news/Alstom-Two-Eurostar-power-cars-built-by-Alstom-to-be-donated-to-National-College-for-High-Speed-Ra-24714760/

http://www.globalrailnews.com/2017/07/07/eurostar-class-373-power-cars-saved-from-the-scrap-heap/

http://www.railstaff.uk/2017/07/07/eurostar-class-373-power-cars-saved-scrap-heap/

It has been a fun project to work on, following the development of a cunning plan that was cooked up back in September 2016 during Innotrans in Berlin!

It also gave me the opportunity to visit Eurostar’s superb facility at Temple Mills in East London to meet the power cars for the first time…

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I confess that I am a huge fan of these trains having used them so often over the last 22 years, especially during my time at the University of Kent at Canterbury in the late ’90s.  It will be great to see them inspiring and encouraging young people to join the rail industry, especially as we start building the next high speed rail line in the UK from London to Birmingham.

These original Eurostar trains, built my Alstom back in the early ’90s, were the first very high speed trains to run in the UK, operating at 186mph/300kph when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (HS1) opened.

You can read more about them here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Rail_Class_373

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