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The Innovation Train's Journey


Week 14 - The spirit of innovation arrives at 3M Central

The interior design and planning is the flavour of this week. The start of planning and implementing the interior began this week with these stunning visuals realising the huge showcase potential the spirit of innovation has.

Visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


Week 13 - The spirit of innovation arrives at 3M Central

An amazing demonstration of engineering excellence saw the Spirit of Innovation being lowered into it’s new home at 3M Centre. The train was greeted with hoards of staff at the Bracknell office as well as the local media and they were not disappointed. The film crew from BBC Berkshire were here to broadcast the event along side some of the local and national press.

Visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


Week 12 - The spirit of innovation gets a lick of paint

The project is really moving at a pace now, this week sees the vinyl that was printed last week being applied. Two different graphics for each side; one side is a standard rail livery you would see on any normal carriage and the other side is branded with our 3M imagery.

The carriage now looks sharp and is back to it’s glory, restoring a tired carriage back to this standard is a testament to the refurbishers and the 3M products that were used!

Register your interest in coming to visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


Week 11 - The spirit of innovation gets a lick of paint

This week has seen the first lick of base paint to seal the carriage and protect the bare metal from rusting using 3M Scotchkote paint products. These are the final stages before the eye catching 3M livery goes on.

Register your interest in coming to visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


Week 9 & 10- Exterior prep begins.

Exterior preparation and the gutting of the interior happened in wks 9 and 10, stripping off the old vinyl and returning the carriage to bare metal using almost solely 3M technology just shows the amount of innovative products 3M offer into the rail industry.

This is the beginning of the three week; yes three week transformation of the exterior from 30 year old tired looking train to a shiny carriage that looks as good as new

Register your interest in coming to visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


Week 8 - The train is selected

While the platform at Bracknell was being built the envious task of finding a suitable carriage was going on, after many visits to Stratford on Avon as discussed in Week 5 we have found one and now secured it.

There is no holding the project back now the "Spirit of Innovation" is right on track. The next task is the exciting transformation from 30 year old tired buffet car to state of the art 3M showcase.

Register your interest in coming to visit the Spirit of Innovation on one of these three dates: July 23rd, August 1st and the 7th August.


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