UK National College for High Speed Rail has received a refurbished Eurostar power car, previously used to carry more than 160 million passengers between the UK and mainland Europe.
The 25-tonne power car, which used to whisk passengers from London to Paris and Brussels at speeds of more than 180mph, has been generously donated to the college by Alstom and Eurostar after it had been retired from service. The train will now have a new lease of life in Doncaster by playing a critical role in educating Britain’s next generation of engineers.
The power car – the classic original e300/ Class 373, or Trans Manche Super Train – arrived in Doncaster on the back of a low loader truck and was winched into place on a 700-metre length of rail track which has previously been donated to the college by British Steel.
To prepare for its arrival at the college, the power car has undergone extensive refurbishment by Alstom which has included an overhaul to its original livery to incorporate the colourful branding of the new National College for High Speed Rail – the largest of five new national colleges that has been created by the Government to ensure British workers can learn world-class skills.
The National College for High Speed Rail is dedicated to solving the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap that Britain faces as it looks to invest billions of pounds in modernising Britain’s rail network and wider transport infrastructure.