Network Rail has released a video displaying its £6.5M investment in a workshop on wheels to repair tracks.
The repair train will service the south and west of London network, which is used by over 1,700 trains a day.
“It’s clear to see that this investment through our Railway Upgrade Plan is already providing a better railway for the growing number of passengers who rely on trains every day. We now have a dedicated team to react to the causes of delays, who can work in a safe and efficient way,” said Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne.
“We began using the maintenance train back in April and it’s already proven its worth by clearing 75 defects in overnight shifts. Every one of these had the potential to delay passengers, but we were able to tackle problems quickly overnight, minimising any potential disruption.
“Since we began using the train we have already hosted delegations from Japan and Australia, where they’re keen to emulate our success. It’s evident that this really is the future for running the railway.”
“This job can involve working overnight in really tough conditions, a long way from shelter and simple comforts like a hot drink or a proper loo,” added James West-Beard, mobile maintenance train manager for Network Rail’s Wessex route.
“Most of all, it’s vastly reduced the amount of time it takes to carry out the work and with the all-round lighting, we get pretty much perfect working conditions whatever the weather.”