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« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2019, 09:32:14 pm »

Interesting comment today on the Keep Island Line in Franchise Facebook page regarding reports of recent visits by Vivarail staff to the line. It's not from an official source but seeing there was already this thread, I thought I'd add it here rather than start a new one in the Rumour Mill.
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« Reply #16 on: Yesterday at 11:30:14 am »

Vivarail to supply five 2-car EMU’s to replace current trains. Testing starts next year and there will also be track improvements, including a passing loop at Brading to allow a 30 minute service

https://onthewight.com/new-trains-coming-to-the-isle-of-wight/

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https://twitter.com/paulcliftonbbc/status/1173537398799683584?s=21
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« Reply #17 on: Yesterday at 12:02:05 pm »

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Today (Monday) there’s good news for the users of Island Line. New trains are coming to the Island.

As anyone who has ridden the Isle of Wight’s train service knows, the trains that run between Shanklin and Ryde pier head are old. Really old.

The trains and carriages first came into service in 1938 on London Underground’s Tube. They’re so old in fact that they’re older than some of the wagons that run on the heritage Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

Five new trains

Today it’s been announced that the company Vivarail has been selected to build five new trains to run on the Isle of Wight.

The first two-car train is expected to arrive on test in early summer 2020, with track improvement works due to take place over the winter of that year.

The proposals were developed in partnership with key stakeholders on the Island, including Isle of Wight Council and Solent Local Enterprise Partnership. They have agreed to jointly contribute £1 million to fund a new passing loop at Brading, helping to deliver an even interval half-hourly service to the pier.

As a clarification, I suspect the "new" trains are refitted / refurbished D76 underground stock ... but never the less, this seems to be good news. 
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« Reply #18 on: Yesterday at 01:07:29 pm »

Yes, they are the refurbished LT D78 stock and will be 3rd rail powered.


Apologies, my mistake; now corrected
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« Reply #19 on: Yesterday at 01:15:10 pm »

Yes, they are the refurbished LT D76 stock and will be 3rd rail powered.

Strange, as the Press Release says D78 stock (which is what I thought they are)......

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In trainspotting circles, they’re called D78 Stock. Originally manufactured during 1980 by Metro Cammell, Vivarail take the trains, install electric motors and fit it out the D78’s aluminium bodyshells with new interiors – with can feature modern-needs such as phone charging.
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« Reply #20 on: Yesterday at 01:59:03 pm »

Former D78 London Underground stock, to be known as Class 484 on the Isle of Wight.
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« Reply #21 on: Yesterday at 07:27:28 pm »

My goodness it's taken them a long time to make the blindingly obvious decision!
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« Reply #22 on: Yesterday at 09:18:25 pm »

My goodness it's taken them a long time to make the blindingly obvious decision!
I suspect ooooooooozz gonna pay for it was behind the delay in getting towards today’s announcement. Pleased for Vivarail.
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« Reply #23 on: Yesterday at 10:07:44 pm »

My goodness it's taken them a long time to make the blindingly obvious decision!

That's presumably because they've followed the GTFBORID* process, recently tested to near-destruction in Portishead...

*Governance for Taking Forever to make Blindingly Obvious Railway Investment Decisions
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« Reply #24 on: Yesterday at 10:57:44 pm »

I've read that battery options were not taken up for two reasons:

1. Service every 30 minutes apparently doesn't give sufficient battery top up time.
2. Recent replacement of some of the 3rd rail means it was seen as worth keeping.

Source from the Keep Island Line in Franchise, Facebook page. Announcement 16 Sept (and subsequent comments and replies).
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