A new training carriage for Hitachi Rail’s assembly plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, rolled off the 229-metre long ship Höegh London at the Port of Tyne on Sunday, 18 January.
The part-assembled train carriage will become Hitachi’s training unit and was built at the manufacturer’s factory in Kasado, Japan.
The carriage was shipped from Kobe Japan, travelling 52 days and 12,880 nautical miles to reach Tyneside.
Says Darren Cumner, manufacturing plant manager, Hitachi Rail Europe, ‘The arrival of the training carriage is a significant step for Hitachi Rail Europe’s plans to train our manufacturing staff. Apprentices, technicians and engineers will use this train carriage to gain in- depth knowledge of how to build trains.’