Calling at Crewe - Iconic London Underground trains to run on Chester line

Battery-powered electric-diesel trains are to enter service on the Crewe to Chester line under the current operator Transport for Wales.

The Class 230 'D-Train' is ex-London Underground stock that has been transformed into a set of modern multiple-unit trains. 

The up-to-date units feature accessible toilets, power sockets, electronic passenger information, Wi-Fi, bike racks and air conditioning.

The D stock tube trains used to run on London's District Line and were originally built between 1978 and 1981. They were withdrawn from service on the London Underground in 2017 and taken to be rebuilt and refurbished for mainline use.

The D-Train, built by Vivarail, uses batteries to power on-board electric motors, which are charged by diesel generators located underneath the passenger compartments. The trains use less fuel as braking energy can be used to recharge the batteries.

Trains have now entered the region so that crews can be trained on how to drive and operate them. 

The new trains had been expected to come into service towards the end of 2019 but were delayed, and subsequently have been further delayed by Covid-19.

Transport minister Ken Skates said: "As soon as we can get these units onto the line then we will do so."
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