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Hitachi donates cab of new generation high-speed train to the National Railway Museum

The driver's cab of the new intercity train now resides in the National Railway Museum's Great Hall.

Set to inspire the next generation of rail workers, enthusiasts and the public on the latest innovations in high-speed rail, Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) has donated a driver’s cab of the new intercity train to the National Railway Museum (NRM).

The donation means visitors to the National Railway Museum will have the first opportunity in the UK to get up close and see the latest innovations in the rail industry following a new wave of investment in new trains.

Visitors will be able to compare it directly to the cab of a 40-year old Intercity 125 High Speed Train (HST), currently in passenger service, which is also included in the museum’s collection in the Great Hall. Alongside this and making up a trio of high speed innovation is a Hitachi-built Japanese bullet train, or Shinkansen, also included as part of the exhibition. Their world-famous reputation led to HRE building trains for the UK’s only high-speed rail line, which connects London St. Pancras to Kent. The new bullet-train-inspired fleet will harness similar technology used on Shinkansen trains.

Before being donated to the museum, the one-of-a-kind cab mock-up was based at HRE’s London depot where it was used for training purposes.

Karen Boswell, Managing Director at Hitachi Rail Europe, said: ‘Our industry is bursting with exciting opportunities and we hope this donation will inspire the next generation to consider a career in rail. From modern trains to newly built maintenance and manufacturing facilities, the face of UK rail is changing amid a wave of new investment.

“Visitors to the museum will see first-hand the difference between new trains and those of the past.

“By 2020 over 280 Hitachi trains will be running on the UK rail network, all of which are packed full of modern technology and sleek designs. We want those in schools and colleges to be part of our mission to transform UK rail, and show the industry can once again be a British success story.’

Paul Kirkman, Director at the National Railway Museum, said:  ‘As home to some of the great icons of both the East Coast and Great Western Main Lines – including record-breaking locomotives such as Mallard and City of Truro – we are delighted to be able to provide a home and the first chance for visitors to get up close to the latest incarnation of high-speed trains.

We hope that the cab, now part of the world’s most important railway collection, will inspire and excite the engineers of the future to seek a career in rail and maybe one day join the great names of British railway engineering whose work we display at our museums in York and Shildon. The National Railway Museum is proud to showcase the past, present and future of rail in Britain, the country that gave railways to the world.’

Gift marks biggest train order in UK history

HRE is supplying 122 new intercity trains for passengers using the East Coast and Great Western main lines as part of the largest ever UK rail contract. HRE won the £5.7bn contract to build and maintain the new trains in 2012 as part of the Government’s Intercity Express Programme.

The new trains harness Japanese bullet train technology to provide passengers with a step change in experience. The first of the new trains will come into service along the Great Western route from autumn 2017, offering passengers more seats, space and on-board technology.



Sam Fisk

Hitachi Rail Europe

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Notes to Editors

About Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd.

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi Europe, Ltd. and is headquartered in London, UK. Hitachi Rail Europe is a total railway system supplier offering rolling stock, traction equipment, signalling, traffic management systems and maintenance depots. Hitachi draws on many years of experience as a leading supplier of high-speed trains such as the Shinkansen (bullet train) for the Japanese and international markets.

In Europe, Hitachi Rail Europe’s first rolling stock contract was to deliver a fleet of 29 Class 395 trains, the first domestic high-speed train in the UK, which are maintained at Hitachi’s state-of-the-art depot in Ashford, Kent. As part of the UK Department for Transport’s Intercity Express Programme, Hitachi Rail Europe will replace the UK’s fleet of intercity trains, having established a new rolling stock manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe, UK for this purpose.

For more information about the company, please visit the Hitachi website.

About the National Railway Museum

The National Railway Museum in York has the largest collection of railway objects in the world and attracts over 700,000 visitors per year. The Museum’s collection includes over 300 locomotives and rolling stock, 628 coins and medals, 4899 pieces of railway uniform and costume, railway equipment, documents, records, artwork and railway related photographs.

The National Railway Museum houses a world class collection of Royal trains, which includes a collection of Royal carriages, from those used by Queen Victoria to Queen Elizabeth II. 

The museum’s vast art collection comprises 11,270 posters, 2,358 prints and drawings, 1,052 paintings, and 1,750,000 photographs, many of which have never been on public display,

The National Railway Museum forms part of the Science Museum Group, along with the Science Museum in London, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester, the National Media Museum in Bradford and the National Railway Museum in Shildon. 

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