Train 799001 was launched to the public on Wednesday (19 June 2019) at Rail Live – a major UK rail trade show held at Quinton Rail Technology Centre near Stratford-upon-Avon, which is where we have been developing and testing HydroFLEX ready for demonstration.signed an agreement in September 2018 at Innotrans in Berlin and it has then been full-on 9 months of turning that ambition into reality!
And it is fair to say we achieved the first major target – delivering a working demonstrator at Rail Live 2019… Even more satisfying is the news that we have secured Government funding at last to move to Phase 2 of developing HydroFLEX which is to take 799001 out onto the mainline for testing in an operational environment later this year.
I will let some of the press coverage illustrate the crazy last couple of days:
- BBC – piece and video plus live on BBC Breakfast on Thursday 20 June
- Mail Online
- RAIL Magazine
- Global Railway Review
- Rail Live Day 1 highlights video
- HydroFLEX is even now on Wikipedia!!
- And the official University press release is here
And something else really cool… I got to drive HydroFLEX as well – here’s the evidence… 😉