A rare sight greeted residents in Doncaster as a refurbished Eurostar power car – previously used to carry more than 160 million passengers between the UK and mainland Europe – became the latest arrival at the town’s new world-class further education institution, the National College for High Speed Rail.
The 25-tonne power car, which used to whisk passengers from London to Paris and Brussels at speeds of more than 180 miles per hour, has been donated to the college by Alstom and Eurostar after it had been retired from service.
As an employer-led college, the National College for High Speed Rail is dedicated to solving the engineering, design, planning, manufacturing and construction skills gap that Britain faces as it looks to invest billions of pounds in modernising Britain’s rail network and wider transport infrastructure. The college will play a key role in generating the workforce of the future who will design and build the UK’s new high-speed rail network and future infrastructure projects and has already created the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in High Speed Rail and Infrastructure, which people in Doncaster can now apply for.
The newly refurbished power car will be used as part of the college’s wider education programme as leaners get to grips with a range of specialisms from rolling stock, to track systems and power.
“The best way to educate Britain’s future engineers and help reduce the national skills shortage, is to grant learners access to the kind of apparatus they will become familiar with when they go out to work for businesses in the field."Doncaster mayor, Ros Jones, said: “It is great to see that the Eurostar engine has been delivered, this is a great addition to the college.
"It is beneficial for all those who will be attending the college to learn their skills and train on engines that they will be working on in the future."