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DB ESG to upgrade trains for Transport for Wales

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Advice, consultation and technology integration business DB ESG has won a new contract with Transport for Wales TfW).

The new deal is for the design, approvals, supply, installation, and testing of rolling stock modifications, together with all necessary vehicle transportation, to allow Mark 4 coaching stock to be operated by Class 67 locomotives and Mark 4 driving van trailers.

Currently, Transport for Wales needs four additional five-car sets to be modified to allow for this combination. This project not only involves compatibility modifications to make this happen, but also the reconfiguration of the CCTV and passenger information system to allow them to be fully functional in passenger service.

Transport for Wales already operates three similar vehicle rakes. These four formations, which were originally intended to operate the Grand Central London to Blackpool service, were acquired when that project was cancelled. However, they would have been coupled with electric locomotives, not the Class 67 diesels that TfW will use, and so modification work is needed to facilitate their operation in revenue earning service.  They will be used on the South Wales to Manchester service.

Nick Goodhand, DB ESG.

DB ESG has previous experience of this type of rolling stock, and this contract follows on from similar work undertaken for Eversholt Rail in 2018/19.

DB ESG managing director Nick Goodhand said: “We appreciate the faith that such an important customer has shown in placing this contract with us. We are proud to have been able to continue delivering our projects to the UK rail industry during these extremely challenging times. “

Work commenced in April and should be completed by March next year.

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