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News Archive 2007


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Date News Item
17th December 2007

STOURBRIDGE ORDER ATTRACTS ATTENTION
The announcement of the contract to supply two PPM 60 vehicles for service on the Stourbridge Town branch has started to be widely reported.  As well as featuring on the Press Releases page, the news has been added to the Porterbrook and London Midland websites.  The Media Coverage page lists references to PPML, and rail commentator Christian Wolmar's positive statement in Transport Times are included on the Media Comment page.

5th December 2007

PRESS RELEASE ANNOUNCES PPM 60 ORDER
PPML has issued a joint press release with Porterbrook Leasing Company Ltd and London Midland to announce the order for two PPM 60 railcars to operate passenger services on the Stourbridge Town branch in the West Midlands.  Contracts were finalised on 5th November 2007 and production work has begun, with PPML's suppliers fully engaged.

5th December 2007

LINKS PAGE UPDATED
The Links page has been amended to show new collaborators, including the London Midland franchise, Porterbrook Leasing Company Ltd as well as industrial partners Alan Keef Ltd and Main Road Sheet Metal Ltd.

December 2007

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 49 PUBLISHED
Newsletter including: Railcar Supply Contract Signed; Entitlement Issue Success; Heritage Trams Back in Favour; Enhancing Northern England's Railways; Finance for Lightweight Rail; PMOL Director a Visiting Professor; Rainwater Collection at Railcar Depot; Launch of London Midland; Railcars in Miniature; Supply Chain Starts Work

13th November 2007

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH ON 'TRAM-TRAIN' PROGRESS AND PPM AT STOURBRIDGE
The Sunday Telegraph newspaper of 11th November includes an article about lightweight 'tram-trains', which the UK Government is considering for application in Britain.  It makes reference to the experimental operation of a PPM 50 railcar on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2005-06 and is quoted on the Media Comment page, while a listing of reports concerning PPML's developments can be seen on the Media Coverage page.

12th November 2007

LAUNCH OF LONDON MIDLAND FRANCHISE
Today saw the launch of London Midland, the new rail franchise operating passenger trains between London, Birmingham and Liverpool and on local routes around the West Midland region.  PPML will be providing two PPM 60 railcars to operate all services on the Stourbridge Town branch line from December 2008.

12th November 2007

PPM PROJECTS MANAGER COMMENDED AT LIGHT RAIL AWARDS
The first Light Rail Awards, presented in London on 2nd November, included a 'Highly Commended' accolade in the Light Rail Campaigner of the Year category for Caspar Lucas, Technical Standards Director of PPML's project managers JPM Parry & Associates Ltd.

18th October 2007
ELECTRIC FLYWHEEL-POWERED HERITAGE TRAM RESTORED

PPML has restored 'Car 7', the small-sized tram vehicle built in the mid-1990s and operated on the streets of Swansea, Brighton and Barking, for demonstration use at its Cradley Heath base.  This vehicle uses PPML's intermittent electric power system, in which a short length of conductor rail is mounted underneath platforms at stops and the flywheel is 'charged' electrically while passengers alight and board. 

After 20-30 seconds, sufficient energy is contained in the flywheel for the vehicle to continue to the next stop where the process is repeated.  Where zero-emission operation at the point of use is required, this system greatly simplifies the power supply arrangements compared to continuous overhead electrification.
17th October 2007

PPM FEATURED ON MIDLANDS POLITICAL TV SHOW
The edition of 'The Lobby', the ITV1 television programme covering politics in the Midlands region, featured PPM technology on 4th October in an item on Margot James, the prospective Conservative candidate for the Stourbridge parliamentary constituency.  Click here to see the web version of the programme (the PPM-related item starts at 5 minutes 48 seconds).

28th September 2007

STOURBRIDGE POLITICIANS AGREE ON BENEFITS OF PPM
Labour and Conservative figures in Stourbridge have united in their praise of PPML's lightweight rail concept, and particularly what it can do for the local area.  The town's current Member of Parliament, Labour's Lynda Waltho, has been a long-standing supporter - launching the experimental service in 2006 as recorded in her newsletter.  More recently Margot James, the prospective Conservative candidate, has shown her support after a demonstration of PPM technology at Stourbridge Junction, and recorded her impressions on her website.

25th September 2007

PPM TECHNOLOGY HIGHLY COMMENDED IN ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS
On 21st September PPML's technology licensors JPM Parry & Associates Ltd were highly commended in the category 'Green Transport Operator/Manufacturer' at the 2007 Environmental & Sustainable Technology (EAST) Awards, organised by the EAST Journal

The award was in recognition of the environmental achievements of Parry People Movers technology - proved during experimental public service in 2005-06 and now selected for full operation of the Stourbridge Town branch under the new London Midland rail franchise.
13th September 2007

LIGHT RAIL JOURNAL HERALDS PPM ROLE IN LIGHT RAIL'S FUTURE
The October 2007 issue of Tramways & Urban Transit, the official journal of the Light Rail Transit Association, includes a major article looking forward to a future where fresh ideas bring about a new expansion programme in UK light rail.  One of the concepts highlighted is Parry People Movers technology, particularly in the light of its selection for full public operation of a rail service in the West Midlands.  The relevant text from the article can be seen on the Media Coverage page.

4th September 2007

TASMANIAN PROPOSAL LOOKS AT PPM POTENTIAL
According to reports in the Tasmanian Mercury newspaper, PPML's lightweight rail technology is a contender for passenger services in Hobart, using an existing but unused rail route into the city.  Ever since the inception of the venture, PPML has seen its products as having significant export potential due to their robust basic engineering combined with modern passenger facilities giving the attractiveness of electric light rail.  This reference to PPM technology is listed on the Media Coverage page.

29th August 2007

LIGHT RAPID TRANSIT FORUM CONFERENCE TO HEAR ABOUT LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL
"Environmental Benefits & Mode Selection" are the twin subjects of the second annual conference of the Light Rapid Transit Forum, to be held on 18th September 2007 at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester.  Parry People Movers lightweight rail technology will be described at this event by Caspar Lucas, Technical Services Director of PPML's project managers JPM Parry & Associates Ltd, who will cover issues including the advantages of the PPM mode, its environmental performance and progress towards the implementation of full public service on the Stourbridge Town branch.  Click here for details of the conference.

26th August 2007

ANOTHER PPM YOUTUBE CLIP!
As well as the clip of a model PPM 50 (see Latest News of 23rd July), YouTube also features a short video of the real PPM 50 vehicle No. 999 900 departing Stourbridge Junction during experimental public operation last year.  Click here to see the clip.

22nd August 2007

BIRMINGHAM POST PROFILES PPML CHAIRMAN
On Saturday 18th August the Birmingham Post's business section devoted a page to a profile of John Parry, chairman and chief executive of Parry People Movers Ltd.  The article focused on the worldwide potential for the lightweight rail concept to improve living conditions and environmental effects of transport, with particular reference to the first full service application of the technology in the paper's own West Midlands region at Stourbridge.

7th August 2007
PARRY NEWS ISSUE 48 PUBLISHED
Newsletter including: People Mover Wins Stourbridge; Cornwall Calling; Lightweight Railcar Depot at Stourbridge; The Mountain Moves at the DfT; Network Rail's Challenges; PPML's Business Plan Shapes Up; Enquiries From Home and Abroad; New Concept for Tramways; PLUS Market Status Enhanced; Supply Chain Beats the Starting Gun; Focus on Driver Ergonomics
31st July 2007

NEW PRESS RELEASE HIGHLIGHTS BUSINESS PROSPECTS IN LIGHT OF RAIL STRATEGY
PPML is looking to the future with renewed confidence after the UK Government revealed that their future rail strategy echoes the company's long-standing approach to environmental performance.  Press release issued by Golley Slater Financial PR.

30th July 2007

NETWORK RAIL'S NEW CHIEF EXECUTIVE UNDERLINES COMMITMENT TO LIGHTWEIGHT TRAINS
Quoted in yesterday's Observer newspaper, Iain Coucher - who has recently replaced John Armitt as Chief Executive of Network Rail - confirmed his belief in the need for lighter rolling stock to improve the environmental performance of rail transport.  Echoing comments he made while still Deputy Chief Executive in September 2006, Mr Coucher said that "lighter trains are more energy-efficient as they need less fuel", as well as causing less damage to track.  His statement has been added to the Industry Comment page.

25th July 2007

PPML RESPONDS TO RAIL TECHNICAL STRATEGY AND HIGH LEVEL OUTPUT STATEMENT
A press release has been issued in response to the publication yesterday of the UK Department for Transport's White Paper 'Delivering a Sustainable Railway' and the accompanying Rail Technical Strategy and High Level Output Statement for 2009-14.  Officially recognising the approach taken by PPML, the DfT's documents emphasise the need for high-efficiency, lightweight, hybrid technology.

23rd July 2007

MODEL PPM 50 IN ACTION - SEEN ON YOUTUBE
References to PPM concepts continue to appear widely on the internet, but an unexpected addition was a film clip on YouTube showing a model PPM 50 railcar on a garden model railway.  Click here to view.

2nd July 2007

IMPROVEMENTS TO INVESTOR INFORMATION
PPML's shares are quoted on the PLUS Market, and a new Investor Information link at the top of every page allows visitors to see the PLUS's PPML page at the click of a mouse button.  A new link to the PLUS home page has also been added on the Links page.

27th June 2007

PARRY PEOPLE MOVERS ON BBC TV
Click here to see the television clip filmed by Midlands Today on 25th June 2007 by the BBC's West Midlands transport correspondent Peter Plisner. Windows Media player or Real player required to view clip.

26th June 2007

RAIL MINISTER PRESSES CASE FOR INNOVATIVE THINKING
Speaking to the Modern Railways 'Fourth Friday' Club the day after PPM lightweight rail was confirmed for the West Midlands franchise, Rail Minister Tom Harris MP underlined his Department's commitment to new solutions in railway operation.  Five months after he visited Stourbridge and rode on the prototype PPM 50 railcar, his speech to rail industry leaders on 22nd June made specific reference to the use of lightweight tram-train vehicles to meet environmental challenges and provide better transport links.  See the Political & Government Comment page for details.

26th June 2007

MEDIA REPORTS WEST MIDLANDS FRANCHISE NEWS
The news that Govia and the Department for Transport have agreed that PPML's railcars will be used to run services on the Stourbridge Town branch under the new London Midland franchise has already been widely reported.  Today's BBC TV Midlands Today programme reports the story, which has even reached the Russian media.  All known references to PPML in the media are summarised on the Media Coverage page.

21st June 2007
WEST MIDLANDS FRANCHISE - PRESS RELEASE ISSUED
PPML has issued a new press release concerning today's confirmation that Govia have been awarded the West Midlands franchise and will use Parry People Movers lightweight railcars on the Stourbridge Town branch.
21st June 2007

PPM RAILCARS TO OPERATE STOURBRIDGE TOWN BRANCH UNDER NEW FRANCHISE
The Department for Transport today announced that the new West Midlands franchise has been awarded to Govia.  Govia have stated that one of the key highlights of the franchise will be the introduction of Parry People Movers railcars to operate all services on the short branch line between Stourbridge Junction and Stourbridge Town.

11th June 2007

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH REPORTS DfT & NETWORK RAIL INTEREST IN LIGHTWEIGHTING
Yesterday's Sunday Telegraph featured an article on the growing interest of both Network Rail and the Department for Transport in the concepts of lightweight rolling stock and 'tram-trains', with plans for the forthcoming acquisition of innovative rail vehicles reported.  Having succeeded in bringing a lightweight PPM 50 railcar into public service on the Network Rail branch at Stourbridge, PPML is a contender to supply such vehicles for applications where conventional high-capacity solutions are not appropriate.

5th June 2007

LIGHTWEIGHT RAILWAYS FEATURE IN RAIL
The 6th June edition of RAIL magazine includes a special feature on lightweight railways, with analysis of the contribution that PPML can make to the aims of attractive, energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly transport.  Mark Forster's article identifies the scope for PPML's products within a range of lightweight trains, from the 125mph InterCity Express on the main lines to PPM railcars on feeder branch lines.  It also quotes from Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer of Network Rail, on the benefits of minimising rail vehicle weight and the tram-train concept.  Excerpts can be seen on both the Media Comment and Industry Comment pages.

25th May 2007

SUPPLY CHAIN COLLABORATORS ADDED TO LINKS
The five industrial companies collaborating with PPML in the design of the new PPM 60 vehicle type have been included on the Links page.  Clayton Equipment Ltd, East Lancashire Coachbuilders, Power Torque Engineering, Linde Hydraulics and Brecknell Willis Composites are currently providing design services in a project part-funded by Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands and will supply subsystem modules for new-build railcars and trams.

24th May 2007
NEW BROCHURE DESCRIBES PPM 60 AND SUPPLY CHAIN
A new brochure gives details of the current PPM 60 Design Project and of the supply chain companies who are collaborating both as design partners and equipment suppliers for lightweight rail vehicles.  The design project is part-funded by the Rail Programme of Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands and the collaborating firms are Clayton Equipment Ltd, East Lancashire Coachbuilders, Power Torque Engineering, Linde Hydraulics and Brecknell Willis Composites.  The brochure can be seen on the Brochures & Leaflets page.
21st May 2007

'GROWING INTEREST' INFORMATION SHEET PUBLISHED
A new information sheet has been added to the Publications & Presentations page.  Demonstrating the growing interest in lightweight rail concepts, the sheet features the visits of both Rail Minister Tom Harris MP and the Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling MP.

17th May 2007
SHADOW RAIL MINISTER EXPERIENCES LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL AT STOURBRIDGE
Conservative shadow minister for rail, light rail and buses Stephen Hammond MP today visited Stourbridge Junction to discuss lightweight rail and ride on PPM 50 railcar No. 999 900.  Mr Hammond came to Stourbridge straight after speaking at the Rail 2007 conference in Birmingham, where he stated his view that future light rail schemes should concentrate on bringing services back to disused (or under-used) railway corridors - an application that is perfectly suited to PPML's developments.  During the visit, he indicated that PPM railcars would be 'ideal' for operation of certain railway branch lines.  Quotes from Mr Hammond can be seen on the Political & Government Comment page
16th May 2007

PRODUCTS PAGE AND TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS UPDATED
The Products page has been updated to include the latest developments in PPML's standard range of rail vehicles, and the associated technical specifications have been amended.  The PPM 60 railcar, proposed for short branch lines, is included as a development of the existing PPM 50 design.

8th May 2007

THE ECONOMIST - 'CLEAR SOLUTION IS GOOD PUBLIC TRANSPORT'
The Economist magazine of 5th May includes a special report on cities that underlines the importance of reliable and attractive public transport, especially in improving conditions in the developing world.  Two articles in the report are directly relevant to PPML's proposals for the deployment of lightweight rail in such locations, where efficiency and ease of upkeep in a demanding environment are crucial.  Excerpts can be read on the Media Comment page.

3rd May 2007
TRAMWAYS DIRECTORY FEATURES PPM RAILBUS IN BRISTOL
The 'Directory of British Tramways Volume 1' by Keith Turner is a new publication from Tempus Publishing.  The book covers all tramways in southern England and the Channel Islands, and includes an illustrated section on the Bristol Harbourside operation in 1998-2000.  This used an electric-flywheel PPM 35 vehicle run by Bristol Electric Railbus.  ISBN 978-0-7524-3901-3.
2nd May 2007

PROSPECTS FOR RAILWAY RE-OPENINGS BOOSTED
PPML has issued a new press release describing how recent developments in the private sector, as well as announcements from Transport 2000 and the Conservative Party, are building momentum behind the potential for re-opening former rail lines.  Many proposed new links are ideally suited to the company's lightweight rail development.

25th April 2007
PARRY NEWS ISSUE 47 PUBLISHED
Newsletter including: DfT Sees the Light(weight); Stourbridge Town Under Wraps; Depot Phase 1 Complete; Rail Re-Openings Back on Agenda; Lightweight Leasing; Stoke-on-Trent Tramway Potential; PPM 60 Starts to Take Shape

24th April 2007

INDUSTRY SUPPORT GRANT TO FUND PPM 60 DEVELOPMENT
PPML has signed a contract with the Rail Programme of Manufacturing Advisory Service West Midlands to undertake design work on the PPM 60 four-wheel railcar type.  The project will involve collaborative working with supply chain companies over a three-month period.

20th April 2007

RAILWAY MODELLER FEATURES CONSTRUCTION OF MINIATURE PPM 50
The March edition of Railway Modeller magazine included a feature article by Peter Lloyd, winner of last year's competition to construct a model of the PPM 50 'Stourbridge' railcar.  In detail (and with good humour), Peter recounts the trials of building his excellent 'O' gauge version of the lightweight vehicle, including the production of moulded plastic components for complicated curved shapes.

16th April 2007

REPORT ON DfT's COMMUNITY RAIL REVIEW HIGHLIGHTS PPML ACHIEVEMENT
The Rapid Transit section of the 13th April edition of Bus & Coach Professional reports on the significance of the experimental operation of a PPM 50 railcar in the Department for Transport's Review of Community Rail Development Strategy.  See Media Comment page for full details.  Known media reports on PPML are listed on the Media Coverage page.

2nd April 2007

DfT COMMUNITY RAIL REVIEW ENDORSES "LIGHTWEIGHTING"
A new press release has been issued in response to the publication on 30th March of the Department for Transport's review of the community rail development strategy, which provides extensive evidence of the desirability of lightweight rail technology.  PPML responds to the review's suggestion that its vehicles are too small to provide useful services with reference to endorsements for the Stourbridge operation, to opportunities for reinstatement of passenger services on various transport corridors, and to the ongoing development work on larger vehicle types.

2nd April 2007

STOURBRIDGE MP REPORTS ON LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL IN ANNUAL REVIEW
In her report to constituents for 2006-07, Stourbridge Member of Parliament Lynda Waltho records her role in inviting the rail minister, Tom Harris MP, to see PPML's technology on 22nd January.  "I have long been a champion of the PPM and I think the Minister was really impressed with what he saw.  Light rail links such as this one enable local transport solutions to be attractive, environmentally-friendly and affordable," writes Mrs Waltho.  See the Political & Government Comment page for her full write-up.

28th March 2007

FUNDING OBTAINED FOR DEVELOPMENT
PPML has raised £150,000 to continue the development and productionisation of its rail vehicles.  Click here to read the announcement issued to the PLUS market today.

21st March 2007

NEW BOOK FEATURES PPM AT STOURBRIDGE
'Western Main Lines - Worcester to Birmingham via Kidderminster' by Vic Mitchell and Keith Smith is a new publication from Middleton Press.  A pictorial and historical record of the 'Stourbridge line', it includes photographs and text covering the operation of PPM 50 railcar No. 999 900 on the Stourbridge Town branch.  Published March 2007, ISBN 978-1-904474-97-5.

19th March 2007
ACCESSIBILITY VIDEO CLIP NOW DOWNLOADABLE
The video clip showing the ease of access achieved by lightweight rail technology can now be downloaded from the Video Archive for broadband users
Click on the top centre thumbnail to run the h-arts film clip and show the download button.  Dial-up users can use this facility.  PPM vehicles' level access from platforms makes public transport far more accessible for the mobility-impaired than most other modes.  Video clip file size 7.40 MB. Flash player required - click here to download if not already installed. Alternatively download the free FLV Player from Swish by clicking here.
15th March 2007

PPML DEVELOPMENTS COMPLEMENT UK GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENTS
A new press release has been issued following the UK's announcement of plans to cut carbon dioxide emissions and invest in new railway rolling stock.  These developments recognise the essential role of attractive, environmentally-friendly rail transport and PPML's products have a key role as providers of local services which will be competitive with the private car.  All PPML press releases are included on the Press Releases page.

7th March 2007
WEST MIDLANDS RAIL RE-FRANCHISING LATEST
Last week the Department for Transport received proposals from the three organisations - Govia, Serco-NedRailways and Chiltern Railways - bidding to operate passenger rail services on the Stourbridge line from November 2007.  The West Midlands Passenger Transport Authority has urged the use of new PPM railcars on the Stourbridge Town branch under the new franchise, and rail minister Tom Harris MP experienced PPM operation during his visit on 22nd January.  The DfT is expected to announce its decision in July.
27th February 2007
LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE
Although Sunday public services on the Stourbridge Town branch ended on 17th December, daytime passengers awaiting their trains at Stourbridge Junction will have noticed that the PPM 50 railcar has been far from inactive during early 2007.  The short section of line leased by Pre Metro Operations Ltd has been used to give demonstrations of this new mode of transport.  As well as the Rail Minister (see 22nd January below), the quiet and clean lightweight rail system has been seen by visitors including local authority representatives and other organisations interested in improving public transport in their areas.
23rd February 2007
STOURBRIDGE AREA HEARS ABOUT PPM POTENTIAL
In recent weeks, PPML representatives have been speaking to groups around the town of Stourbridge about the experience gained from public operations on the Stourbridge Town branch and the future potential for local transport based on PPM technology.  The Midland Technical Group, the Stourbridge Green Network, the Pedmore Men's Club and the Stourbridge Soroptomists have all heard about the benefits of lightweight rail technology during February.
15th February 2007 LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL DISCUSSED IN AUSTRALIA
PPML's developments in transport will be covered in a series of speeches given in Victoria State by Stephen Ingrouille of Going Solar.  'Sustainable Transport - Visions for Victoria' will be presented at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne on 17th February, in Carlton on 7th March and in Doncaster on 29th March.  For information, see www.goingsolar.com.au/transport.
2nd February 2007
LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL INFORMATION SHEETS PUBLISHED ONLINE
Two new information sheets in format have been added to the Publications & Presentations page, one describing the lightweight construction system used for the depot at Stourbridge and the other illustrating the advantages of lightweight rail.  Click on Construction System Sheet or Travelling Light Sheet to go to them direct.
29th January 2007
STOURBRIDGE NEWS VIDEO OF RAIL MINISTER'S VISIT
The Stourbridge News has put a video item, describing Rail Minister Tom Harris's visit to see PPM technology on 22nd January, on its website. The clip includes footage of the PPM 50 railcar and interviews with Mr Harris and PPML's chairman, John Parry. To see it, click here.
24th January 2007
PRESS RELEASE REPORTS ON RAIL MINISTER'S VISIT TO STOURBRIDGE
A new press release has been issued recording the visit by Tom Harris MP, Britain's rail minister, to Stourbridge Junction on 22nd January.
22nd January 2007
RAIL MINISTER 'VERY IMPRESSED' BY PPM RAILCAR DEMO
The UK's Minister for rail, Tom Harris MP, today visited Stourbridge to experience PPM lightweight rail for himself, at the invitation of local Member of Parliament Lynda Waltho.  Mr Harris travelled on the PPM 50 railcar that operated Sunday services throughout 2006, and viewed the lightweight depot facility that has been constructed at Stourbridge Junction. 
Also present were representatives from CentroNetwork Rail and the local media.  Asked by a journalist for his impressions of the PPM system, Mr Harris replied, "I'm very impressed". The Minister's comments have been added to the Political & Government Comment page.
The picture shows Minister Tom Harris MP (right) in conversation with John Parry and Lynda Waltho MP.
22nd January 2007
RAILWAY MODELLER ANNOUNCES WINNER OF 'BUILD A PPM 50' CONTEST
The February 2007 edition of Railway Modeller magazine announces Peter Lloyd as the winner of last year's competition to build a model of the PPM 50 lightweight railcar. 
Mr Lloyd's model (above) includes full interior detailing, a spinning flywheel and even realistic sound. PPML chairman John Parry was on hand at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition last month to congratulate him on his achievement.
20 January 2007
THE LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL CONNECTION - SPECIAL EDITION NEWSLETTER
A special issue of Parry News has been published: the second in the 'Connections' series after The Wensleydale Connection of September 2005.  The Lightweight Rail Connection contains news, technical information and comment on the attractive, affordable and environmentally-friendly transport options made possible by lightweight rail. The newsletter is included in the Newsletter Archive and on the Community Rail Transport  page, or click here to go direct to the version.
12th January 2007
'COMMUNITY RAILWAYS: THE LIGHTWEIGHT SOLUTION' - BROCHURE NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
A pictorial brochure format is now available showing the operation of a PPM 50 light railcar by Pre Metro Operations Ltd at Stourbridge.  This and other leaflets can be found on the Leaflets & Brochures page.
10th January 2007 NEWS SHEET SHOWS STOURBRIDGE OPERATION IN PICTURES
A single-page record of the Stourbridge Town experimental operation in format is now available.  Click here to see the news sheet, or go to the Publications & Presentations page.
8th January 2007 PPM TECHNOLOGY FOR REDUCING RAIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
The 3rd January issue of RAIL magazine refers to PPML twice, in relation to the need to improve rail's environmental impact and to improve services on local lines.  John Armitt, chief executive of Network Rail, has called for light rail concepts to be adopted on parts of the national network.  This concept has already been successfully trialled in public service on the Stourbridge Town branch.  Media reports on the Parry People Movers venture are listed on the Media Coverage page.
5th January 2007
STOURBRIDGE MP HAILS SUCCESS OF LIGHTWEIGHT RAIL OPERATION
The Member of Parliament for Stourbridge, Lynda Waltho, has praised the year-long experimental operation of a PPM 50 light railcar in her constituency and has invited Tom Harris MP, the Minister for rail, to see the reality of lightweight rail for himself.  Mr Harris has already highlighted the need for lightweight rail vehicles (see Political & Government Comment page).  Mrs Waltho said, "It is imperative, particularly with the threat of global warming and climate change, that we invest in environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient transport".

 

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