Drivers who will be test driving new trains for Greater Anglia have started the initial training using simulators, the operator has announced.
Twelve train drivers are being trained on Greater Anglia’s new electric commuter trains which are being built by Bombardier.
Two simulators have been installed at the training academy in Stratford.
The simulators enable drivers to learn how to use the new trains’ functions, including an improved Train Control Management System.
Three routes have been programmed into the simulator – London Liverpool Street to Stansted Airport, Colchester and Southend Victoria.
Different weather conditions and potential situations from snow to cows on the line can be thrown at the driver at the press of a button.
Drivers must complete a three-day course before they are able to complete their training on the real thing, still under the supervision of a driving instructor for a further two days.
Training started last week, with social distancing observed by using two classrooms and one person per simulator at a time.
What did the officials say?
Clive Bastin, senior driver training and simulator manager for Greater Anglia, said:
“The new trains are much more hi-tech than our existing fleet.
“During the simulator training we make sure that drivers are able to use all the train’s different functions and features, so that they will be confident in any situation they might face when driving a real train.
“These new trains are great improvement for customers – but they’re also better for drivers, with superior acceleration and braking.”
Will Tanner, Communications Director for Bombardier said;
“Starting driver training on these hi-tech simulators is another great step forward as we move closer to passenger service. Training Greater Anglia’s drivers on our new British-built trains in this way is of course even more useful with social distancing measures in place.”
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