Bogie Warranty Engineering

In mid 2008 I started work for Bombardier Transportation in the Bogie Division at Derby as Warranty Engineer. This was a good time for Bombardier as there was a constant stream of new trains emerging from the Litchurch Lane Works. However a great deal of my time was spent dealing with existing fleets both in UK and abroad.

Here are a few pictures of the Works' output at the time

Click on the pictures for a bigger image - All photos are the author's  except where indicated

Class 378

The pioneer of the class 378002 on the Works' test line in November 2008 378002 On 9th December 2008 it was in the yard being loaded with test weights

On test

Class 378 on the test line Gautrain One of only four units for South Africa which were built in the UK, one of the Gautrains is pictured outside K Shop on 1st December 2008

Rare treat

A Gautrain in the snow on 2nd December 2008 - a rare sight Class 378 Unidentified class 378 in the works on 24th December 2008

Tube train on test

London Underground S Stock train on the test line on 24th December 2008 222101 Ex-Hull Trains Pioneer set No:222101 in the snow on 2nd February 2009 after arrival for a re-paint into EMT livery


378006 on 31st March 2009 377 Two cars of a Class 377/5 destined for the Southern Region in the Works on 13th August 2009

Old Dalby here we come

172003 Turbostar being loaded for delivery to Old Dalby for test running in March 2010 LOROL unit Class 172/0 No: 172001 on the Works on 19th May 2010

LM unit

Class 172/1 with no number on the Works on 13th December 2010    

My duties mainly concerned existing trains which were under Warranty and involved working in the UK and sometimes abroad on trains for which the bogies were designed in Derby.

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bulletVLocity DMU Victoria NSW Australia
bulletChina Metros in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai
bulletLondon Underground Victoria Line
bulletLondon Underground Sub Surface Lines
bulletPorto tram Portugal
bulletNottingham tram
bulletDocklands Light Railway
bulletDelhi Metro India
bulletBlackpool tram
bulletManchester Metrolink
bulletB5 refurbished coaches Norway
bulletX55 Regina Sweden
bulletOTU Denmark/Sweden
bulletGautrain South Africa
bulletAdelaide Metro Australia
bulletZefiro ETR1000 Italy

Some photos of the trains I was involved with are shown below:-

All photos are the author's unless otherwise credited

UK mainline

377 Electrostars 170 Turbostars 220 DEMU Voyagers

221 DEMU Super Voyagers 222 DEMU Meridians 222/1 DEMU Pioneers

172/0 Turbostar

172/1 Turbostar 172/3 Turbostar

UK London Underground

VLU on test at Litchurch Lane

VLU on test at Litchurch Lane

SSL on test at Old Dalby

SSL in service at Baker Street

UK London Docklands

Set 128 at Stratford 2011

Set 120 at Lewisham 2014


Guangzhou Metro lines 4 and 5 with Linear Induction Motor (LIM) propulsion


Close up of LIM


Guangzhou Metro line 2


Shenzhen Metro Line 1


Shanghai Metro Line 1


Guangzhou Metro line 6 - note the LIM reaction rail in the four foot


India - Delhi Metro

On Khyber Pass depot in Delhi Delhi Metro


INA station
On Yamuna Bank depot in Delhi

Approaching Govind Puri station Huda City station
Underground Elevated section at night Khyber Pass depot

South Africa - Gautrain EMU

Somewhere on the network Somewhere on the network

Firefly Africa

Australia - Victoria VLocity DMU

VLocity VL13 on a Bendigo service in platform 5 at Southern Cross on Saturday, 16th December 2006

Chris Gordon

Three car VLocity unit VL38 on the up outside Yarragon, Victoria on 8 December 2008

Marcus Wong

Australia- Adelaide A-City 4000 EMU

4005 at Wayside Showground Station

Australian Trains (flickr)

4004 at Hallett Cove Beach Station

Australian Trains (flickr)

Sweden/Denmark - Regina and OTU EMU's

OTU Sweden


Regina at Oslo Central station 2013


B5 coach at Olso Central station

EL18 loco on test train

Italy - Zefiro ETR1000 high speed train

Zefiro ETR1000 in Naples 2018


NET - Nottingham tram

March 2004

Bulwell 17th September 2007

Portugal - Porto Metro

Porto tram


Porto tram


Manchester Metro

3004 at Victoria

3006 Eccles


003 Manchester Square 2012

007 at Pleasure Beach 2012

I retired from Bombardier in December 2019 after an enjoyable ten years


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