Creation of class 230 DEMUs from ex-LU D78s by Vivarail

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  1. MatthewRead

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    It would require a heavy overhaul first!
     
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    I think for a short term solution...
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  3. gazthomas

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    If Reliant had made DMUs!
     
  4. Bertie the bus

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    As that's in Railtrack livery it must be an ex-Sandite unit. Just as suitable for main line passenger use in the 21st Century as a 230 then.
     
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    The name on the bubble car is 'Pandora' and it was for some time a 'video survey unit', further information can no doubt be found online.
     
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    Does anyone know what the two sets of nine circles either side of the Cyclops headlight do? I saw them on the picture on Vivarail's article about the delivery of 003-005 and had never noticed them before.
     
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    Vents I think.
     
  8. Railengineer

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    Exhaust vents for the hydrogen power upgrade?
     
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    I would have thought they're for the horns, which are presumably behind them?
     
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    Is there any way of knowing which D78 vehicles went into the class 230 sets? I'm really curious to know if I photographed any of the vehicles from 230003-5 in their LUL guise.
     
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    It's gone a bit quiet lately on their testing and introduction. Anyone know what's going on in Marston Vale land? Any rough introduction dates as they're now 4 months late...
     
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    230003: 7127 (300103)-7069 (300003)
    230004: 7500 (300104)-7100 (300004)
    230005: 7128 (300105)-7066 (300005)
     
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    That's what I like to know, are they in service yet on the Marston or not?
     
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    Have ASLEF now any reservations on the Class 230 in actual commercial service?
     
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    Not yet in srvice, but out pretty much every day on training / test runs.
     
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    they are out testing almost every day. I understand staff training is going according to plan. No date yet for entry into service.

    that seems to have gone quiet but I suspect no one here knows the answer.
     
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    Ahh thank you for the update, I look forward to sampling them as much as the Class 769s when they enter service.
     
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    I think the 230 will be all the more interesting - 769s will I'm sure be good workhorses, but they are basically just 4-car Class 150s with a pantograph.
     
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    How long does a full charge take?
     
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    From the article:
     
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    And turn around time on the Island Line is 8 minutes. It could comfortably do three return journeys without charging and then fully charge during one standard turn around.
     
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    That is like asking how may features you smart phone has!

    Battery tech is developing a lightning speed and will in time (within 10 years) exceed the range / fill up times of Diesel vehicles.
     
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    much better to charge as you go and maybe zap charge if it falls to 65-75% off capacity as prolonged heavy charging will show up any weak points in the system
    also power failure at charging station or incident keeping you away for hours need consideration
     

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