National College for High Speed Rail students are on the right track

Rail students with new equipment
Rail students with new equipment

Lucky students at the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster have been given a learning boost after taking charge of high tech equipment donated by Siemens Mobility.

The equipment will be used by students at the Birmingham and Doncaster campuses of the College, established as part of the Government’s HS2 Growth Strategy, which aims to develop regional supply chains and training opportunities to ensure the construction of HS2 provides the maximum economic benefit to communities near the line’s route.

The first donation is a bogie – which contains the wheels of a train carriage and supports the vehicle above – from the SF 5000 family of standard bogies fitted to the successful Siemens Desiro fleet, with over 350 trains in operational service across the UK. The second is a gas insulated switch gear, used to power a short stretch of overhead line based in the college campus, to allow students to understand how the overhead line interacts with the high-speed train and wider rail infrastructure.

Chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, Clair Mowbray, said the equipment would help to prepare students for their careers in the industry.