DB Cargo Company Train

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Company Train
EWS Company-train Cottrell.jpg
67029 with the DB Schenker Company Train, painted in a special EWS livery.
In service 19 October 2004[1]
Replaced Inspection saloons
Formation 5 vehicles[2]
Fleet numbers 82146+ 10546+ 10211+ 11039+ 67029[1][2]:4
Operator(s) DB Cargo UK
Depot(s) Toton TMD
Train length 109 metres[2]:4
Platform height (accessible from trackside)
Maximum speed Day: 110 mph (180 km/h)[2]:4
Night: 80 mph (130 km/h)[2]:4
Weight 253 tonnes[2]:4
Prime mover(s) Class 67
UIC classification 2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+2'2'+Bo'Bo'
Track gauge 1,435 mm

The DB Cargo Company Train (formerly the DB Schenker Company Train and the EWS Company Train) is a special train operated in the United Kingdom by freight operator DB Cargo UK (formerly DB Schenker Rail (UK) formerly English Welsh & Scottish), a division of Deutsche Bahn. It was built as an inspection saloon replacement, and is also used to entertain corporate clients. The train cost £3 million and took only nine months from concept to completion.[3]

The design concept of using a Class 67 locomotive and Mk3 DVT in push pull mode was subsequently adopted by passenger operators such as Chiltern Railways, Wrexham & Shropshire and Arriva Trains Wales for commercial operations.[4][5]

History and design[edit]

The train was assembled as the replacement for the company's aging inspection saloon,[4][6][7] and is used for entertaining corporate clients,[8] for staff trips, managers, customers, functions, and as a "moving office".[1] In the first year of operation the Macmillan Cancer Support charity were allowed to use the train too for fund-raising.[1][9]

The fixed configuration set consists of three British Rail Mark 3 coaches between a Mark 3 driving van trailer and Class 67 locomotive.[6] The interior of the train was converted to a business/office/corporate entertainment environment, including a 'conference coach' room with 50-inch cinema screen, and seven-metre-long conference table, a dining coach, and a sleeper coach with bedrooms and en-suite washing facilities.[6]

The trainset was fitted with a wiring system allowing the Class 67 to work in push–pull mode with the DVT and Mark 3 coaches.[4][n 1] In addition to normal inter-carriage connections this includes the addition of Multiple Working Jumper cable, and Cab to Train Data cable.[2]:7,21 The DVT retains its Time Division Multiplexer (TDM) support but this is isolated and non-operational unless the company train is operating in push-pull mode with a Class 90 locomotive.[2]:18 Locomotive 67029 was also modified to include a remotely activatable fire-suppression system,[11] and received a slight modification to the auto-couplers to enable connecting to the existing Mk3 buckeye couplers without touching the coach's rubbing plate[2]:21—although it is normally attached using buffer-and-chain coupling.[2]:21 When not in use hauling the company train 67029 is used for normal railway working.[12]

The train is explicitly exempted from regulations covering "Working of Passenger Trains Over Non-Passenger Lines", allowing the train to operate between EWS freight depots without additional documentation requirements.[13] The train does not carry passengers per-se—all those on-board are regarded as either staff or invited guests.[2]:3

Vehicle Number Livery Notes
Class 67 67029 Silver[n 2] Locomotive (cab-mounted cameras)[11]
Mk3a FO 11039 Maroon[n 3] First Open, conference room and cinema[11]
Mk3 RFM 10211[n 4] Maroon Restaurant and bar facilities[11]
Mk3a SLEP 10546 Maroon Sleeper Either Pantry (5 bedrooms, 2 ensuite)[11]
Mk3 DVT 82146 Silver Driving Van Trailer with forward-facing camera[11]

In February 2012 the EWS 'Three Beasties' logo on the train's locomotive and driving van trailer was replaced with a Deutsche Bahn 'DB' logo.[15]


  1. ^ 67029 is connected to the other vehicles using the AAR jumper, and RCH lighting control jumper cables,[10] air brake pipe, main reservoir pipe, dual electric-train-supply connectors, Cab to Train data jumper; and (except for the locomotive) a central door locking jumper.[2]:27 If being worked by a Class 90 the 27-way AAR multiple working jumper, and Cab to Train data jumper are not connected.[2]:27
  2. ^ The EWS logo is grey, on a silver background.[1]
  3. ^ The maroon paint colour is darker than the standard EWS maroon colour.[1]
  4. ^ No. 10211, formerly No. 40510 ex-HST TRUK (Trailer Restaurant Unclassified Kitchen) [14]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "EWS unveils 'mobile office' train". RAIL (magazine) (499). Network News, p.22. 2004-10-27. ISSN 0953-4563. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m EWS Operations Training (April 2005). Company Train Drivers Guide. English Welsh and Scottish Railway. 
  3. ^ "EWS". WillB Brand Consultants. December 2012. Retrieved 14 July 2016. Keith Heller, … had his own private train for use in Canada. He commissioned Interfleet Technology to design and develop one for use on the UK mainline. This was to become the EWS Special Train … From HQ boardroom concept to boardroom on rails reality, was just 9 months and £3m. 
  4. ^ a b c "ESG - Case Study: DB Schenker Company Train". www.esg-rail.com. Engineering Support Group. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Wrexham & Shropshire: Second to none", Rail Express, 17 March 2011, archived from the original on 2012-02-04 
  6. ^ a b c "Case studies: EWS Company Train (CoT)", esg-railconsultancy.co.uk, Engineering Support Group (ESG) 
  7. ^ Coward, Andy (21 May 2008). "Magnificent '67s'". RAIL (magazine). Bauer Media Group (592): 63. to replace elderly inspection saloons and provide a 'moving office' 
  8. ^ "News from the Routes" (PDF). Firstclass - Rail Gourmet News. Compass Group. 2005-08-29. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 February 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2015. …appointed caterers to the EWS Corporate Train, specially built for taking EWS clients around the country and for hire to corporate customers. 
  9. ^ "Silver 67 for EWS executive train". The Railway Magazine. IPC Media. 150 (1244). Headline News, p.7. December 2004. 
  10. ^ Dawson, Marcus (30 December 2004), "The Skooby Skip and the Mystery Train" (photograph), The Rail-Net Media Archive, The train is fully equipped for push pull operation as the jumper arrangement here shows 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "EWS Executive Train". www.scot-rail.co.uk. 2010-01-15. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2012-01-10. 
  12. ^ "Notable Workings" (PDF). Railway Herald. 2005-04-01. Silver Class 67 No. 67029 found itself in London Euston on the SERCO test train … however was back on normal duties the following day when it worked the 'Executive' train [dead link]
  13. ^ "04/252/DGN" (PDF). Deviations in Force Register. Rail Safety and Standards Board. 2007-09-17. Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2015. EWS company train … exempt … from the requirement to provide additional documentation … in respect of an Officers Special train. 
  14. ^ "Loco Hauled Coaching Stock, Passenger use". AbRail Rail Databases. Retrieved 2012-02-05. Number: 10211; Tops: AJ1G; Type: RFM; Prev. No: 40510; St: ; Depot: TO; Livery: EWS; Pool: PPCT; Owner:DA; Operator/Name: DB 
  15. ^ "WNXX News archive, February 2012". www.wnxx.com. 17 February 2012. 17/02/12 : DBS changes... Retrieved 20 April 2012. 67029 from WNTR at Toton has been reinstated to the WAAN pool. It and its attendant Driving Van Trailer have had their three beasties logos replaced by large DB transfers 

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