Rail Operations Group has announced it is supporting Network Rail, Data Acquisition & Testing Services Ltd (DATS) and train operators in a joint collaboration.
After a period of testing and preparation, the DAT’s OHLE test train has begun testing of the new overhead line equipment on the Midland Main Line, with ROG operating the test services.
Mechanical testing at 110mph was completed, with more dynamic testing planned.
Testing of the new OLE equipment is being led by Network Rail and DATS. ROG has been commissioned by DATS as the operator of the test train.
The test train is made up of mix of locomotives and coaching stock, including HST powercars, 90s and 82 DVTs.
ROG Managing Director Dave Burley said “Facilitating testing of a new test train on an open railway was always going to be a challenge. Only the co-operation of all parties and real industry co-operation made this happen. It really is teamwork at its best. I am immensely proud of the part that ROG is playing in this testing. Our ability to partner projects such as this and be both creative and flexible in our approach to problem solving pays testament to what we bring to the industry table. Last week’s testing success demonstrates just how robust this approach is in terms of excellence in service delivery.”
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