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  • Wed, 22 May 2013, 17:45-18:00
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  • Crewe Station, Nantwich Road, Crewe, Cheshire, CW2 6HR

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Event Details

The North West and North Wales Area council are organising a visit to the Virgin Trains simulator in Crewe

Meet Point: Virgin Trains First Class Lounge, located on the overbridge at Crewe Station and we will walk to the venue together

•Car parking is available at the venue for those wishing to drive

•An ‘on board buffet’ will be provided

NOTE: This is a limited number event, places will be allocated on a first come basis. We will hold a reserve list if the event is over-subscribed, therefore, if you are unable to attend the event please can you advise so that the place can be re-allocated. We will advise by email if you have a place.

The simulator was delivered in early 2000 as part of the contract for the new electric Pendolino tilting trains, which operate Virgin’s West Coast services from London Euston to the West Midlands, the North West and Scotland.

The upgrade to the Pendolino simulator cost around £150k and allows Virgin Trains to use the latest in computer technology to create real life scenarios in a safe classroom environment, the simulator is used as part of the training package for new drivers and as part of the on-going assessment that drivers have to undertake. The simulator allows scenarios to be created that drivers may not experience out on the main line and then monitor how they deal with the incident (known as ‘out of course events’).

The Pendolino simulator has been programmed to replicate the effects of degraded systems on board the train. The graphic effects can even simulate – with sound effects – driving rain, various densities of falling snow and even the effects of a brick being thrown off a bridge, breaking the train’s windscreen.
Instructors can place obstructions on the track, instantly change weather conditions or even mimic the effects of leaves on the track. They can also replicate the effects of the failure of any of the train’s power, electrical or air systems. The control workstation provides visual contact allowing the instructor to see how the driver reacts to created scenarios.

Contact Tricia Meade at nw.events@railwayoperators.co.uk for further details

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Added on the website on May 22, 2013