Network Rail managed to reach another significant milestone on the Stirling-Dunblane-Alloa Electrification project last week with its first successful electric test train on the route.

The A Class 380 train ran at line speed along the newly electrified lines to Dunblane and Alloa overnight on Tuesday into Wednesday.

Over the course of the week, further test train runs will commence ahead of the introduction of the ScotRail electric passenger services on the line from December 9th.
During a 2 year period engineers have installed over 2,000 stanchions and structures supporting more than 300km of overhead wires along the 50km route.

Overall, the project will enable:

•The introduction of class 385 electric trains which will provide a smoother travelling experience and from Stirling to Glasgow to Edinburgh
•Provide more seats on vital services
•Reduce noise and pollution levels

Network Rail’s delivery director Iain McFarlane said: “Successfully running this first test train brings the railway a step closer to introduce electric services for customers”.

H&M Security’s Commercial Director Frank McLintock said “we’re pleased that a project we provide security for is moving in a positive direction with its test successful. This is a massive step in the right direction for travel in Scotland”.

Richard Ashie, Commercial and Marketing Manager