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Batteries Included! The IPEMU battery-powered train

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The UK rail network has a very complex infrastructure and with the current drive to electrify more routes the cost of electrification plays a key factor in this expansion. The IPEMU trial is being undertaken to determine the possibilities of alternative solutions for reducing electrification.

The Independently Powered Electric Multiple-Unit (IPEMU) project is a battery-powered train that entered trial passenger service in Essex in January 2015. The prototype rail project is UK’s first modern battery-powered train and was established to demonstrate the potential of a battery / electric hybrid EMU in passenger service.

The train ran between Harwich International Station and Manningtree Station, operated by Abellio Greater Anglia. The test service lasted for five weeks starting from 12 January 2015.

The project is being developed by a partnership between infrastructure manager Network Rail, the UK Department for Transport, rolling stock manufacturer Bombardier, train operator Abellio Greater Anglia and railway innovation body FutureRailway. (more info)

This presentation will give an overview of the IPEMU project. It will outline what the IPEMU is and how it will help deliver the Rail Technical Strategy, the various parties involved and the challenges encountered to undertake such a project in the rail industry, as well as going into the various stage outputs. Finally, the presentation will give a brief résumé of current project progress and next steps.

Our speaker is James Ambrose, a Principal Engineer (T&RS) for Network Rail, who was the Project Manager for the IPEMU project.

James joined British Railways in 1981 at Derby Locomotive works winning the Fredrick Simpson Apprentice of the year Award. He then moved on to the testing section at Stephenson House before joining the Plant and Electrification department for Regional Railways and then NSE . He then moved on to the position of Project Manager on: the LT&S and GE resignalling schemes, Docklands Canning Town and the Northern Line upgrades at Edgware, High Gate and High Barnet. He returned to T&RS at Bletchley depot as Depot Manager and then Maintenance Manager at Siemens Northampton before spending time in Brussels with CER as a Senior Policy Adviser ERA & Research. James moved back to the UK and joined Network Rail in 2012 to manage the IPEMU project and other T&RS related schemes.

Date: Wednesday 15th July 2015

Time: Refreshments served from 18.30. Talk starts at 19.00. Ends by 21:00 following questions and discussion.

Venue: Institute for Manufacturing, Cambridge University, Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge CB3 0FS (directions).

Parking: Car parking arrangements have changed and all car parks now have barriers. Information on which car park to use will be posted here when available.

Free to attend. Booking not required. All welcome.

This talk is open to the public and is suitable for young people, students and engineers. You are encouraged to pass on this invitation and bring with you colleagues, friends and family who are interested in engineering and railways.

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This event is organised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Beds and Cambs area.

This talk is part of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (Cambridgeshire Area) series.

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