Developing innovative operations

Rail Operations (UK) Ltd describes itself as the UK’s most innovative and unique group of companies. Its CEO Karl Watts explained to the Golden Whistles conference how thinking outside the box has been key to the company’s growth since its formation in 2015.

Moving to the Midlands: No 57312 hauls Nos 91122/128 over Sopers Viaduct at Cuffley on the Hertford loop en route from Bounds Green depot to Leicester on 1 February 2020. The ‘91s’ will be used for testing the new electrification on the Midland main line.
Ken Brunt

The company was conceived in the wake of the boom in new train orders and influx of new vehicles to the network. Introduction of new fleets requires a significant amount of testing on increasingly complex rolling stock. With variations in factors such as coupler types and heights, Mr Watts explained there was no operator to look after the rolling stock engineering community, bringing operations and engineering together with technical expertise.

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