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Rail artist works at Wolverton

Staff at Railcare in Wolverton have presented Daniel Smith, Head of Engineering at Heathrow Express with an original watercolour depicting the Heathrow Express fleet undergoing refurbishment at the famed works.

The presentation was timed to commemorate the arrival of the first refurbished five-car unit at Old Oak Common Traincare Facility. The painting is the work of artist John Kitchen who works in the warehouse at Railcare.

The first of a series of framed limited edition prints was also presented to Steve White, Service Director at Siemens. Phil Mitchell, Projects and Engineering Director at Railcare, handing over the painting to Heathrow Express, said, ‘The refurbished Class 332s are arguably the best looking trains in service in the UK and passengers are often mistaking the refurbished units for brand new rolling stock.

‘The Project has been technically ambitious and working in partnership with Heathrow Express, Siemens and Interfleet we have delivered a top quality product to the customer.’

Daniel Smith, Head of Engineering at Heathrow Express, paid tribute to the hard work at Wolverton. ‘We are delighted to receive this painting in celebration of the partnership between our three companies. The refurbished fleet is a testament to this, it looks incredible and Railcare certainly stepped up to the task of delivering a leading product for UK Rail,’ he said.

A further four 5-car Class 332 units are to be refurbished at Railcare, with the last train due for completion in June this year.

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