ROG Makes History with HydroFLEX Unit Testing

Rail Operations Group made history last week commencing main line testing of the bi-mode hydrogen and battery powered HydroFLEX unit. The tests were operated on behalf of Porterbrook between its base at Long Marston and Evesham. The service was accompanied by Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Secretary of State for Transport and CEO of Porterbrook, Mary Grant.

Rail Operations Group Managing Director David Burley said “This is a real milestone in rail de-carbonisation, led by Porterbrook and BCCRE. ROG are proud to have supported this amazing project over the last two years. Becoming the UK’s first authorised operator of vehicles using such novel fuel sources gives ROG and our wider Group a new suite of options as we seek to ensure that de-carbonisation remains at the very core of what we do as our businesses continues to grow”.

Mary Grant, CEO of Porterbrook, said “Porterbrook is committed to innovation and the delivery of a carbon neutral and sustainable railway. Today’s mainline testing of HydroFLEX achieves another important milestone on this journey. I’m also delighted to be able to announce our intention to start producing HydroFLEX trains, creating the world’s first electric and hydrogen powered bi-mode rolling stock, as well as generating significant opportunities for the UK supply chain.”

Railcam joins with Rail Operations Group for new Derby camera launch

Railcam UK is delighted to reveal the latest addition to its camera portfolio with the addition of two new cameras at Derby. The first is now ready to broadcast with the second due online in the near future.

Railcam UK comes to Derby

In partnership with Rail Operations Group, the cameras are situated on the Derby Headquarters building at the Country end of platform one.

A grainy picture (apologies) of the cameras on the exterior of ROG Headquarters Derby

Railcam UK have invested heavily on this installation with two Axis M3115-LVE cameras to give the best quality streams possible.

The two Axis M3115-LVE cameras and microphones ready for installation at Derby

Derby is on the Midland Main Line and serves huge areas of the country with direct links. The station is managed by East Midlands Railway and also serves CrossCountry services.

EMR HST and Super Voyager at Derby are current visitors which will be seen on the new cameras.

Additionally, there will be traffic from Rail Operations Group and Colas on a regular basis. Etches Park depot is on the far side of the station with Bombardier adjacent. Chaddesen sidings are on the country side with EMR HSTs currently running in. Sadly the ROG siding beside the offices is no longer in place.

Ok a slight cheat on a ROG catch but Railcam installers like to have fun too!

Railcam UK believes this could be one of the most popular cameras on offer and as an introduction to the public one of the views will be offered on YouTube at some point soon for a one-week period. The camera will then become a subscription-only camera on the main website. Subscriptions are £23 for 12 months and include access to over 100 cameras, live signalling diagrams and real-time data feeds.

Rail Operations Group Project Manager, Andrew Cowell said:

“Rail Operations Group are pleased to support Railcam in bringing the lineside to your armchair during these difficult times. Our Derby HQ gives a unique viewpoint on the railway allowing people to see the changing face of the Midland Mainline.”

CrossCountry Voyager as seen from Camera 2 Derby

Railcam Director Adrian Bradshaw said:

“We have had discussions with ROG at Derby over the last couple of years so it’s great that we’ve managed to get this done – and don’t they look great?! Of course, working with another high-profile rail industry partner is yet another boost for Railcam and we look forward to working with Rail Operations Group on other projects very soon. Derby is another high-profile site for us in a successful year, despite the challenges we have all been facing.”