The behind-the-scenes tour will showcase the technology and dedicated maintenance team behind the 67-strong fleet of London Midland-operated Siemens Desiro Class 350/1 and 350/2 trains based at the Kings Heath site.
Lucky visitors will take a ride on a land train to the depot entrance before the tour, which includes seeing a train on jacks ready for maintenance activities and a chance to sit in a driver’s cab. The winner of our competition to name the four maintenance teams based at the depot will also be announced, and visitors can also show off their artistic skills with our family-friendly activities.
Mick Hill, fleet manager for Siemens, says: “This is the first time since the site opened in 2006 that we’ve opened the doors to the public. We’re very much looking forward to showing local families and residents the innovation behind the millions of miles our trains run every year.”
This free event also aims to raise money in aid of Northampton General Hospital’s special care baby unit with stalls selling items donated by Siemens and London Midland employees.
Mike Dalton at London Midland says: “This will be a real opportunity for people to see the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in providing rail services. The fact that the event will also be raising money for such a special cause is even better reason for people to visit.”
Alison McCulloch, Community Fundraiser at the NGH Charitable Fund says: “We’re delighted to be part of this family event, the proceeds of which will help us purchase some new equipment to benefit the babies being treated on Gosset Ward at the hospital. I hope everyone has a great time!”
The event is restricted to ticket holders only. To register your interest for a tour and obtain your FREE ticket, please visit www.siemens.co.uk/whistlestoptour. Please note children younger than three years of age cannot be accepted on the tours. Find us on Facebook at facebook.com/WhistleStopTour.
Due to high demand, a second open day is also being arranged specifically for train enthusiasts and employees of both Siemens and London Midland. A date for this will be announced shortly.