Rail training carriage completes marathon voyage to Port of Tyne

Rail training carriage completes marathon voyage to Port of Tyne

Under wraps – the part assembled carriage arrives at the Port of Tyne

A 26-metre long training carriage destined for the Hitachi Rail Europe plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, has rolled off the vehicle carrier Höegh London at the Port of Tyne to complete its journey from Japan.

The part assembled carriage was built at Hitachi’s factory in Kasado and shipped from Kobe, travelling 52 days and 12,880 nautical miles before reaching the Port of Tyne’s Höegh Northern Terminal, one of the port’s three car terminals, where it will be stored until it is moved to its new home.

The arrival of the carriage represents a significant milestone for Hitachi Rail Europe, as a major investor in the skills development of its future workforce in the North East. 

Darren Cumner, Manufacturing Plant Manager, Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “The arrival of the training carriage is a significant step for Hitachi Rail Europe’s plans to train our manufacturing staff.  Apprentices, technicians and engineers will use this train carriage to gain in-depth knowledge of how to build trains.

“Shipping this carriage via the Port of Tyne is further testament to our commitment to working with local partners and promoting a strong local supply chain.”

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer Port of Tyne, added: “The Port of Tyne has been working with Hitachi Rail, Höegh and NSA UK Ltd to ensure that this shipment goes smoothly.

“As the UK’s number one port for vehicle exports the port regularly receives large car carriers arriving directly from Japan and has long established relationships with automotive and construction plant manufacturers – including Nissan, Volkswagen, Renault, Komatsu and Audi.”