Queen takes a train ride with MTU
6/21/2017 | Words: Katrin Auernhammer | Pictures: Royal Communications, Hitachi Rail Europe
Powerpack, Series 1600, 175 years, Queen Elizabeth II
The brand new train of British railway company Great Western Railways wears noble dark green livery and carries a royal title: Queen Elizabeth II. In the name-giving ceremony at Paddington Station on 13 June which was also attended by Prince Philip, the British monarch drew back a red curtain to reveal the train’s inscription. Another train was named after Queen Victoria, who, on exactly the same day in 1842, became the first monarch to travel by rail, taking the same 30-km route from Slough to Paddington. Accompanying Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip on their historical rail trip were the direct descendants of the then locomotive driver and of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the renowned British engineer. Travelling in the sleek comfort of first-class in the new Hitachi trainset, the royal couple are likely to have enjoyed a smoother journey than that taken by Queen Victoria some 175 years before.
The traction systems of Class 800 Hitachi rolling stock are based on Series 1600 PowerPacks from MTU. In its Intercity Express Programme (IEP), the United Kingdom is modernizing its HST fleet and has ordered over 330 12V 1600 R80L Powerpacks from MTU. The Hitachi trains are being built in England and Japan, and are to enter service on the Great Western Mainline in the autumn and on the East Coast Mainline in spring 2018, gradually replacing the current HST fleet which uses Locomotives powered by Series 4000 engines.
Read more about MTU rail projects in the British Isles