Tram-train test­ing

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Test­ing of the Voss­loh Class 399 tram-trains be­gins in Sh­effield, ahead of main line test­ing start­ing next year.

Test­ing of the Voss­loh Class 399 tram-trains started in Sh­effield on April 4.

Over the Easter pe­riod (April 13-17), Net­work Rail also con­nected the tram net­work with the na­tional net­work at Tins­ley.

The Class 399s were built in 2014-15 and are now un­der­go­ing test­ing and mileage ac­cu­mu­la­tion be­fore en­ter­ing ser­vice on Sh­effield Su­per­tram this sum­mer on sup­ple­men­tary du­ties. They are ex­pected to be­gin en­ter­ing rev­enue-earn­ing ser­vice from June.

Main line test­ing on Net­work Rail met­als is due to start next year.

The seven three-car units will run be­tween Sh­effield city cen­tre and Rother­ham from 2018, with four ac­cepted by Stage­coach Su­per­tram and un­der­go­ing test­ing, and the re­main­der await­ing fi­nal ac­cep­tance.

Around 150 Su­per­tram staff will be trained to drive the ve­hi­cles, with 100 of th­ese staff driv­ers. Duty man­agers, con­trollers and other staff form the re­main­der..

Con­struc­tion of the Tins­ley Chord (to link street run­ning sec­tions in Rother­ham with the Na­tional Rail net­work) in­volved in­stal­la­tion of two sets of switches and cross­ings.

Other work to be com­pleted in­cludes new tram-train plat­forms at Rother­ham Cen­tral and Park­gate, as well as com­plet­ing elec­tri­fi­ca­tion of the net­work.

Sig­nalling is due to be com­mis­sioned in May, with over­head line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion works ex­pected to be com­pleted by Net­work Rail to­wards the end of the year.

“Peo­ple in Sh­effield will start see­ing the new ve­hi­cles run­ning ‘out of ser­vice’ in be­tween sched­uled trams,” said South York­shire Pas­sen­ger Trans­port Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Stephen Ed­wards.

“This im­por­tant test­ing is mak­ing sure the ve­hi­cles and the ex­ist­ing Su­per­tram sys­tem are work­ing as they should.”


Above: On April 18, Sh­effield tram-train 399207 stands near the newly built junc­tion at Tins­ley that con­nects the tram net­work with the na­tional net­work. The con­nec­tion was in­stalled over Easter, and from next year the ‘399s’ will op­er­ate from Sh­effield to Rother­ham, us­ing this chord. Sig­nalling is due to be com­mis­sioned in May, with over­head line elec­tri­fi­ca­tion to be built by the end of 2017.


Right: The first Sh­effield tram-train (399201) ap­proaches Sh­effield Mid­land on April 7. Seven tram-trains will en­ter traf­fic this sum­mer on the ex­ist­ing light rail sys­tem, with main line test­ing planned next year.

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