Rail Forum Midlands Patron rolling-stock company, Porterbrook have leased a retired high-speed train to the University of Birmingham.

By using the HST as a research platform the University of Birmingham can accelerate its existing research into alternative power sources for trains with more demanding duty cycles: such as long-distance passenger or freight operations.

Alex Burrows, Director, Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education, said: “This HST will be invaluable in allowing us to test and develop our technologies on an operating train, in an open environment.  Having facilities like these, we can really deliver world-leading research and innovation that will transform the railway for operators and customers.  We are hugely grateful to Porterbrook for their commitment to our research and innovation work at BCRRE.”

Porterbrook is committed to the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network
(UKRRIN), which brings the rail industry and academia together to develop innovative products.

The official handover took place at Long Marston at the Porterbrook sponsored Destination Decarbonisation event, focused on reducing the carbon footprint of the UK railway.

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