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Hitachi develops smaller, lighter rail car inverter for 1,500V DC overhead power supply using SiC

Hitachi develops smaller, lighter rail car inverter for 1,500V DC overhead power supply using SiC

Press Releases   •   Apr 20, 2012 07:52 BST

Hitachi, Ltd. today announced that it has developed a SiC hybrid inverter for rail cars that is compatible with 1,500V DC overhead power supply. Hitachi employed silicon carbide (SiC) to reduce equipment size and weight, and cut power loss. SiC is attracting attention as a next-generation material to replace silicon (Si), expected to lead to smaller power modules and simpler cooling systems.

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Hitachi Rail Europe Strengthens Senior Management Team, Appoints New Fleet Manager for Class 395

Press Releases   •   Apr 04, 2012 07:12 BST

Hitachi Rail Europe today announced a number of personnel changes within its senior management team.

RCA kicks off new train design project with Hitachi Rail Europe

RCA kicks off new train design project with Hitachi Rail Europe

Press Releases   •   Mar 15, 2012 07:07 GMT

The Royal College of Art (RCA) Vehicle Design programme and Hitachi Rail Europe are today announcing their plans for a joint project to design a train for London, in London.

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Hitachi Rail / Amazon Park Open Day attracts 400 companies interested in getting involved in IEP trains

Press Releases   •   Apr 21, 2011 07:15 BST

More than 700 individuals representing over 400 companies are set to attend the first Open Day event for Hitachi Rail Europe’s Intercity Express Programme in the north east in late May, an event organized by County Durham Development Company on behalf of the involved parties.

HIGH SPEED SERVICE CROWNED CHAMPION

HIGH SPEED SERVICE CROWNED CHAMPION

Press Releases   •   Sep 17, 2010 07:23 BST

Southeastern, Hitachi Rail Europe and High Speed 1 Ltd (HS1) were last night celebrating after being recognised at the National Rail Awards for the early introduction of the UK’s first domestic high speed train service. Winning the Project of the Year award, the High Speed ‘preview’ service brought high speed to the UK six months early.

High Speed Train Service Officially Launched

High Speed Train Service Officially Launched

Press Releases   •   Dec 14, 2009 00:01 GMT

Today saw the official launch of the UK’s first domestic high speed service. The new high speed service operates from St Pancras International to Kent and is part of a fully integrated timetable in the South East, marking the biggest change in 40 years.

Hitachi Hands Over Last Class 395 Train to Southeastern

Hitachi Hands Over Last Class 395 Train to Southeastern

Press Releases   •   Dec 11, 2009 08:20 GMT

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today announced that it has handed over the 29th and final Class 395 train to Southeastern, ahead of the scheduled start of full passenger service on 13 December 2009. The trains provide the first 140 mph high-speed domestic service in the UK, running on the HS 1 line from St Pancras International to Ashford International, Dover, Folkstone, Ramsgate and Canterbury.

Hitachi Traction Packages Fitted to Class 465 Achieve 1 Million Fault-Free Miles in Service

Hitachi Traction Packages Fitted to Class 465 Achieve 1 Million Fault-Free Miles in Service

Press Releases   •   Nov 09, 2009 07:14 GMT

Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd. today announced that the Hitachi traction technology fitted to Class 465 trains has achieved 1 million fault free miles in service. The IGBT based traction equipment has been developed from technology used on Metro trains in Japan and China and has been designed to mirror the space envelope and weight characteristics of the original, obsolete system.

Hitachi’s Ashford Depot Two Successful Years On

Hitachi’s Ashford Depot Two Successful Years On

Press Releases   •   Oct 01, 2009 07:01 BST

Hitachi Rail Europe tomorrow celebrates the second anniversary of the £60 million state-of-the-art Ashford Train Maintenance Centre. The train maintenance centre has now taken delivery of all Class 395 trains destined for Southeastern’s high-speed rail service. The final train arrived in the UK on 17 August 2009, bringing the number of units housed in the depot to 29.

Final Class 395 Train Arrives in Southampton, Begins Last Leg of Journey to Depot in Ashford

Final Class 395 Train Arrives in Southampton, Begins Last Leg of Journey to Depot in Ashford

Press Releases   •   Aug 17, 2009 11:00 BST

The 29th and final Hitachi train ordered for Southeastern High Speed Services will be unloaded at the Port of Southampton today. The train will arrive in Southampton on board Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' 67,140 GRT RoRo ship, MV Tamesis and will be transferred by DB Schenker to Hitachi’s state of the art maintenance facility in Ashford for commissioning.

Hitachi Class 395 Train Makes UK’S First Domestic High Speed Passenger Voyage

Hitachi Class 395 Train Makes UK’S First Domestic High Speed Passenger Voyage

Press Releases   •   Jun 18, 2009 11:00 BST

Hitachi today celebrates the first high speed passenger journey of its Class 395 train between Ashford International, Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras International. At the invitation of Southeastern, members of the media and key stakeholders were welcomed on board the Hitachi-built trains today to experience the new trains first hand.

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Hitachi to Focus on Current Projects, Will Not Progress Bid for Thameslink Rolling Stock Tender

Press Releases   •   Apr 22, 2009 07:31 BST

Hitachi Europe Rail Group today confirmed that it will not progress in bidding for the provision of new trains for the Thameslink service. By doing so, the company is able to continue its focus on current and future commitments.

Class 465 Trains with new Hitachi Traction Drivve Handed Back to Southeastern as Scheduled

Class 465 Trains with new Hitachi Traction Drivve Handed Back to Southeastern as Scheduled

Press Releases   •   Mar 23, 2009 07:00 GMT

Hitachi Europe Rail Group today handed back the first Southeastern Class 465 unit with Hitachi traction technology. This prototype unit will start revenue service today. Hitachi was contracted to replace the traction equipment on the 465/0 and 465/1 Networker units. The project is on schedule. Starting in April 2009, the modification of the full fleet will commence at Ashford until April 2010.

Search Begins for High-Quality Suppliers for IEP Programme

Search Begins for High-Quality Suppliers for IEP Programme

Press Releases   •   Mar 11, 2009 07:10 GMT

Agility Trains announced that its principal suppliers, Hitachi Europe Rail Group and John Laing, will hold a series of supplier events to meet potential UK and European supply partners. These events are designed to start a conversation about cooperating on this exciting project. Initially, Hitachi Europe Rail Group is looking to identify high-quality suppliers for Rolling Stock Equipment.

Hitachi Celebrates Successful First Anniversary for Ashford Depot

Hitachi Celebrates Successful First Anniversary for Ashford Depot

Press Releases   •   Oct 01, 2008 07:15 BST

Hitachi Rail Group (Hitachi) today celebrates the first anniversary of its state-of-the-art Ashford Train Maintenance Depot, which was opened 12 months ago by Ruth Kelly, the Secretary of State for Transport. Over the past year the depot has attracted over 3,500 visitors from the UK, Europe and Japan’s rail industry and has created 47 jobs for local employees.