THE train now arriving is from Japan – and it’s come by boat!
The Port of Tyne has unloaded a training carriage for the new Hitachi Rail Europe plant in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, rolling off the 229m-long vehicle carrier Höegh London on Sunday.
The part-assembled train carriage will become the Hitachi plant’s training unit.
It was built at Hitachi’s factory in Kasado, Japan, and was transported from Kobe, taking 52 days to travel 12,880 nautical miles to here.
The arrival of the carriage in South Shields represents a milestone for Hitachi as a major investment in the skills development of its future workforce in the North East.
Andrew Moffat, chief executive officer at the Port of Tyne, said: “As the UK’s No 1 port for vehicle exports, we regularly receive large car carriers arriving directly from Japan and have long-established relationships with automotive and construction plant manufacturers including Nissan, Volkswagen, Renault, Komatsu and Audi.”
Darren Cumner, manufacturing plant manager for Hitachi Rail Europe, said: “The arrival of the training carriage is a significant step for our plans to train our manufacturing staff.
“Apprentices, technicians and engineers will use this train carriage to gain in-depth knowledge of how to build trains.
“Shipping this carriage via the Port of Tyne is further testament to our commitment to working with local partners and promoting a strong local supply chain.”
The 26m-long carriage will be stored at the port until it is transported to Hitachi’s training facility.
MADE IN JAPAN ... the Hitachi train at the port.