Sec­ond-hand news

Rail (UK) - - Letters -

Porter­brook and Vi­varail should be con­grat­u­lated for their ini­tia­tive of adapting sec­ond-hand elec­tric mul­ti­ple units and con­vert­ing them into diesel mul­ti­ple units for ur­ban and in­ter-ur­ban/ru­ral op­er­a­tions, thus al­le­vi­at­ing the acute short­age of diesel-pow­ered pas­sen­ger rolling stock.

By adapting older dis­placed EMUs and us­ing pro­pri­etary en­gines, these DMUs can be pro­duced quickly and should be sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than brand new units.

Porter­brook uses dis­placed Class 319s, while Vi­varail uses for­mer Lon­don Un­der­ground District Line stock. Both are qual­ity ve­hi­cles with many years of ser­vice re­main­ing. Porter­brook’s Class 319 Flex and Vi­varail’s D-Train de­serve every suc­cess. Christo­pher Holt, Loughton

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