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Fire marks further setback for Vivarail trains

13 July 2021
Crew training in progress using the Vivarail unit, which later suffered a small fire
Crew training in progress using the Vivarail unit, which later suffered a small fire

 

An initiative to re-use redundant London Underground trains on the main rail network suffered another setback this month when a fire broke out on one of the trains during crew training.

Vivarail bought D78 District Line stock as London Underground introduced new trains. It has reconfigured the aluminium-bodied vehicles to form several new types of train, but progress has been slower than expected. Trials of a diesel version were abandoned after a fire in December 2016. The type began passenger...

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