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Posted at 8:54 pm on 15th May, 2018

Student enriches his studies with visit to Hitachi Rail

Year 10 student, Sean, has used his enthusiasm for the rail industry to enrich his studies and broaden his knowledge.

A keen rail hobbyist, Sean contacted Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) who invited him for a tour of their Darlington manufacturing facility.

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As part of the tour, organised by Jordan Hazell at HRE,  Sean saw at first hand how the new generation of UK trains are being made.  These included Virgin Trains East Coast, Great Western Railway and Scotrail electric multiple units.

As a BTEC Engineering, GCSE Computing and GCSE Photography student, Sean could link all that he learnt and viewed to his studies.

Sean said:

“It was interesting to see the intricate and manual manufacturing process from an engineering point of view; components were put together by hand.  I also learnt about the coding used to link each piece of hardware to its correct working position in the train . My new camera was put to use; I took some great photographs of the trains, both inside and out!”

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Whilst visiting Hitachi, Sean ensured he also visited Darlington train station, home of the fastest of steam locomotive to hit over 100 mph, to learn more about the history of rail travel through the town over the years.

Sean added:

“It was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had! It was great to have the chance to hear from the rail experts and I’m hoping to communicate more with them in the future about further education opportunities in the rail industry.”