Network Rail has awarded Loram UK a contract for the maintenance of its New Measurement Train (NMT).
Otherwise knows as the ‘Flying Banana’, this Class 43 High Speed Train can run up to 125mph and records data allowing maintenance on the tracks to be measured and planned.
Based in Derby, the NMT can be seen on all parts of the Rail Network from Penzance to Perth to London Kings Cross.
The train captures up to 10TB of data every 440 miles with high resolution camera fitted to the front of the train, giving engineers a clear idea of what needs to be done in certain places.
The contract is budgeted for £8million over five years.
You can find out some more information about the NMT here.
What did the officials say?
Mike Black, supply chain services director, Network Rail, said:
“This contract simplifies the maintenance of the New Measurement Train. It will not only deliver savings to Network Rail and ultimately the taxpayer, but also ensure that the train is maintained to a high standard so it can continue to work for the safety of passengers and other railway users.”
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