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News Archive 2008


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Date News Item
18th November 2008

PATENT FOR FLYWHEEL BOGIE
JPM Parry & Associates Ltd, PPML’s technology licensor, has developed its intellectual property in relation to lightweight rail technology with the granting of a patent for a flywheel bogie for rail vehicles.  This advance allows PPML to offer larger and more flexible rail vehicles while retaining the ‘clean and green’ advantages of all PPM trams and railcars.

31st October 2008

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 52 PUBLISHED

Newsletter including: Pre-Qualification for Tram-Train Order; Worldwide Scope for Lightweight Rail; The Battle of Bristol; Low Carbon Stourbridge; Lightweight Community Transport Launched; Race to Finish PPM 60s; Half a Million Hits

 

13th October 2008 STOURBRIDGE CREW FAMILIARISATION
Recruitment and induction of Pre Metro Operations Ltd crews to operate services on the Stourbridge Town branch line began on 10th October at the Chasewater Railway using railcar 139 001.  The photo shows the new vehicle departing Brownhills West for Lakeside – a journey that represents the Stourbridge Town branch for the purposes of crew familiarisation.  To date, six PMOL crew members have started gaining experience on the new design of railcar.
29th September 2008

HARD LANDING : NEW THINKING
PPML’s Chairman reviews changes to the company’s prospects in the aftermath of the global financial correction of September 2008. UK seen in direct path of shockwaves from international banking calamity which appears bound to work through into publicly-funded transport programmes. Full press release. A new paper has been published which sets out this 'New Thinking'. Download a copy here.

29th August 2008

‘RAIL PROFESSIONAL’ DESCRIBES STOURBRIDGE OPERATION
Transport correspondent Peter Plisner examines the forthcoming Stourbridge operation using two PPM 60 / Class 139 railcars in a feature article in September’s Rail Professional magazine.  The article covers the history of PPML, and the compelling reasons for replacing an underused heavy rail unit on the operationally-segregated branch line with a lightweight operation, thus increasing capacity on whole system.

29th August 2008

LIGHTWEIGHT TRAMWAYS PROPOSED FOR BRITISH TOWNS
Recent reports have seen PPML proposed as a supplier of vehicles for tramways in Weymouth on the south coast and Preston in the north-west.   The opportunity to use existing underused rail infrastructure combined with new track, but without the need for electrification, is seen as particularly attractive for urban centres that are not large enough to see large traffic flows justifying conventional light rail technology.  The Media Coverage page gives details of media reports relating to PPML.

27th August 2008

PPML REPRESENTED AT ALAN KEEF OPEN DAY
Alan Keef Ltd will be holding an open day on Saturday 30th August.  As Alan Keef are supplying the chassis of the two Class 139 / PPM 60 railcars, PPML will be represented with a chassis and model on display.  Also present to answer questions will be two of the drivers who operated the Stourbridge Town branch Sunday service in 2005-06.

5th August 2008

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31st July 2008

PHOTO ARCHIVE UPDATED
The Photo Archive, accessible from the improved Press Room page, has been brought right up to date with pictures showing progress on the PPM 60 / Class 139 project.

30th July 2008

RAILCAR 139 001 ARRIVES AT TEST LOCATION
The first PPM 60 / Class 139 railcar was delivered to the Chasewater Railway on 29th July for dynamic testing in a railway environment.  Vehicle 139 001 moved under its own power into the railway's covered accommodation.  On the same day the principal functions of the chassis of vehicle 139 002 were successfully tested at the Ross-on-Wye workshop of Alan Keef Ltd.

3rd July 2008

PPML ON SHOW AT LIGHT RAIL CONFERENCE
Parry People Movers Ltd was represented as an exhibitor at the third annual Light Rapid Transit Forum conference in Nottingham on 2nd July.  PPML’s stand featured a one-sixth scale model of the body and chassis of a PPM 60 railcar, which became a significant talking point for conference delegates.  Pictures included the first new PPM 60 Class 139 railcar at on display at Tyseley the previous Saturday.  Three company representatives were kept busy responding to the interest generated by the company’s presence.

30th June 2008

RAILCAR No. 139 001 DISPLAYED AT TYSELEY 100 OPEN DAY
The first PPM 60 railcar for operation on the Stourbridge Town branch was exhibited in public at London Midland‘s Tyseley depot on Saturday 28th June.  The event marked the 100th anniversary of Tyseley Locomotive Works, and railcar 139 001 took its place amidst an extensive display of steam, diesel and electric rolling stock on both the London Midland depot and the adjacent heritage railway site.

25th June 2008

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 51 PUBLISHED
Newsletter including: American Partnership; PPM 60 Railcar Nears Completion; Low Carbon Towns; Minister Clarifies Tram-Train Prescription; Formula 1 and Flywheels; Loanstock Issue Nearly Sold Out; Burdens Support Business Planning; Technology Advancement – Bogies, Low Floors & Shipping

31st May 2008

CLASS 139 TAKES SHAPE
The photographs below show progress on the ‘Class 139’ PPM 60 railcars, being supplied to Porterbrook Leasing and London Midland to operate the Stourbridge Town branch.  Bodies are being finished at Trailways Ltd, while the chassis are assembled by Alan Keef Ltd.

29th May 2008

PPML IN ‘THE MODERN RAILWAY’
Alongside its technology licensor JPM Parry & Associates Ltd, PPML is listed in ‘The Modern Railway’, the directory of UK rail industry suppliers published in the June issue of Modern Railways magazine.

12th May 2008

‘STEAM RAILWAY’ LOOKS INTO LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL
The 9th May issue of Steam Railway magazine features a four-page article exploring the potential of PPML’s products to operate in public transport service over heritage railways.  Written by journalist Tony Streeter, the piece includes commentary from Caspar Lucas, technical services director of PPML’s technology licensors and project managers, JPM Parry & Associates Ltd.  References to PPML in print, on radio and on television are listed on the Media Coverage page.

1st May 2008

PPML FEATURED IN GUIDE TO BRITAIN’S RAILWAYS
The eleventh edition of ‘Britain’s Railways’, the comprehensive guide to the rail systems of the British mainland, describes in detail the progress made by PPML in securing the supply of two PPM 60 railcars to operate public services on the Stourbridge Town branch.  Overviews are given in sections devoted to both light rail and London Midland, the franchise under which the Stourbridge Town branch falls.  ‘Britain’s Railways’ is an annual guide from the publishers of RAIL magazine.

23rd April 2008

EXPLORING PPML’s POTENTIAL FOR HERITAGE RAILWAYS
The May issue of international light rail journal Tramways & Urban Transport features a major article highlighting the potential for lightweight rail technology to bring public transport services back to lines now run as heritage railways.  Co-authored by rail journalist Tony Streeter and Caspar Lucas, technical services director of PPML’s project managers JPM Parry & Associates Ltd, it points out how principles already successfully adopted in Germany point the way to PPM railcars running weekday services on independent railways in the UK.

1st April 2008
PARRY NEWS ISSUE 50 PUBLISHED
Newsletter including: Rapid Progress on PPM 60 Railcars; Lightweight Community Transport Ltd Formed; Jamaican Transport Official Rides the People Mover; Parliamentary Light Rail Group Hears Case for Reopenings; Class 139 Railcars Take Shape at Supply Chain Sites; Beyond Heritage Operation; Go Ahead for Model PPM 60s; PPM 60 Pre-Manufacturing
11th February 2008

LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL POTENTIAL FOR RE-OPENINGS EXAMINED
The March 2008 edition of Today's Railways UK includes an 11-page appraisal of the prospects for reinstating rail routes in England.  Prominent in the main article is an assessment of the role of PPM lightweight rail technology for providing attractive passsenger rail services on a variety of railway types, including existing heritage lines, freight-only routes and mothballed railways that are safeguarded but do not currently see any traffic.  An extract from the article can be seen on the Media Comment page.

8th February 2008 PPM 60 PURCHASE DISCUSSED IN HOUSE OF LORDS
The order for two PPM 60 railcars for operation on the Stourbridge Town branch was the subject of a question in parliament by Lord Bradshaw on 24th January.
6th February 2008 PPM PRINCIPLES FEATURE IN DfT ROLLING STOCK PLAN
The British Department for Transport issued its formal Rolling Stock Plan for the national rail network on 30th January 2008.  Aims for future trains include lightweight construction, regenerative braking, hybrid drivelines and energy storage - with flywheels as one method referred to.  All are principles on which PPML has been working on since its inception.
5th February 2008 LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL TO BE DISCUSSED IN AUSTRALIA
Stephen Ingrouille of Going Solar will describe the benefits of lightweight rail systems to urban design in a talk entitled 'Pearls-on-a-String - Sustainable Design and Transport' on 17th February in Melbourne.  This is part of the 2008 Sustainable Living Festival.
24th January 2008 GOVIA HEAD COMMENDS PPML's 'LIGHTER ROLLING STOCK'
The February 2008 issue of Modern Railways includes an in-depth interview with Keith Ludeman, the chairman and chief executive of transport group Govia, owner of the London Midland passenger rail franchise.  Mr Ludeman commends the PPM 60 vehicles for the Stourbridge Town branch as 'our contribution to the introduction of lighter trains. 
An additional panel reports on progress with the PPM 60 project, with the railcars now under construction.
24th January 2008

LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL CAPABILITY ADVERTISED IN RAIL & TRAM PRESS
PPML's project managers JPM Parry & Associates Ltd have promoted the potential offered by lightweight rail technology in the transport press.  Different advertisements in the magazines Tramways & Urban Transit (January and February 2008) and Modern Railways (February 2008) emphasise Parry Associates' expertise in bringing innovative transport solutions to public service.  Both publications have also carried editorial content relating to PPML - see the Media Coverage page

21st January 2008

PPM 60 RAILCARS TO BE CLASS 139
The British rail industry has determined that the two PPM 60 vehicles now in manufacture to operate public services on the Stourbridge Town branch will be known as Class 139.  Following standard practice, each railcar will display both a unit number (139 001 and 139 002) and a vehicle number (39001 and 39002).  This system is very different from the single number (999 900) given to the prototype PPM 50 railcar prior to operation on the same route, and ironically places the new vehicles - which will run on a route with a maximum line speed of 20mph - in a similar number series to those of the Class 395 units that will achieve 140mph on domestic services over the new high speed line from St Pancras International.

 

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