A prototype AGV ‘Pegase’ carriage has joined a pair of former Eurostar powercars at the National College for High Speed Rail.
The carriage was built in 2007 and previously formed part of a seven-car AGV train that was used to validate the AGV concept, undertaking functional testing in La Rochelle, France, and dynamic testing in Velim, Czech Republic, as well as tests on Italian and French high-speed lines.
Although it was never fully certified for passenger use, the train was one of a few in the world capable of travelling at speeds of more than 360km/h.
Learners will be able to work with aluminium alloy construction, articulated traction, suspended transformers and permanent magnet asynchronous motors during practical projects using the carriage. NCHSR also plans to install passenger information systems.
NCHSR CEO Clair Mowbray said: “The arrival of the Pegasus carriage, which has been kindly donated by Alstom, is another great boost for our unique training offer, which combines learning at the college with hands on experience. With this kind of support our learners can put the skills they gain into practice right from the start, ensuring the next generation of talent is ready for the future of high-speed rail in the UK.”
Adrian Grigg, Alstom tender leader for HS2 rolling stock, said the college is building up “a brilliant fleet of Alstom high-speed trains” following on from the donation of the ‘Donnystar’ and ‘Brumstar’ powercars in 2018.