Indian railway officials have visited UK Network Rail’s new Electrification Training Centre in Swindon to learn about the techniques used on the Great Western Electrification Project.

The centre was built as part of Network Rail’s five-year, £40bn railway upgrade plan. The purpose of the visit was to investigate the project's overhead line equipment, which the company aim to implement on Indian rail and metro projects.

The £10m centre was opened earlier this year and features overhead line equipment identical to that on the project, Network Rail said in a statement. This will help Network Rail’s engineering orange army to learn how to install and maintain the new system in a safe environment.

The centre also offers a range of progressive courses to help apprentices, maintenance, and operations staff develop technical abilities.

"The centre will help Network Rail’s engineering orange army to learn how to install and maintain the new system in a safe environment."

Representatives from India included chief electrical engineer Manuj Singhal and deputy chief electrical engineer Anand Kumar from the Railways Indian Ministry. These delegates were accompanied by representatives from Furrer + Frey UK, which produces the overhead line equipment used on the project.

Commenting on the visit, Singhal said:  “We were very keen to see how the rail systems work in England and how modifications to electrification were being made.

"The visit was very informative and we particularly learnt a lot about the engineering school and overhead line equipment which we hope to implement to projects in India.”

Great Western Railway will procure a new fleet of Intercity Express Trains, as part of the electrification project.


Image: Indian railway officials visit Network Rail’s new Electrification Training Centre. Photo: © Network Rail.