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City students get access to the technology behind London Overground

Third year students from City's BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering course recently visited the London Overground railway depot at New Cross Gate as part of their Electrical and Electronic Energy Systems module.
by Luke Nava

Third year students from City's BEng in Electrical and Electronic Engineering course recently visited the London Overground railway depot at New Cross Gate as part of their Electrical and Electronic Energy Systems module.

The visit provided the students with an in-depth look at the way a modern railway is managed and enabled them to learn about the electrical and electronic systems that keep a state-of-the-art commuter train running.

London Overground made one of its new £4m Class 378 trains available for the visit, giving City's students unprecedented access to all of the onboard power and auxiliary systems, as well as a tour of the driver's cab.

Dr Daniel Nankoo, a Lecturer in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at City who organised the visit, said: "It's vital for students to see how their theoretical studies relate to the real world, whether through internships, industrial placements or field trips such as this. It was so rewarding to be able to expose them to the complex technologies behind one of the newest additions to London's transport system."

Student, Christopher John, added: "It was great to see how modular the train was, allowing for maintenance and upgrades of parts without affecting the whole system. The amount we were able to see helped in piecing the entire train operation together and highlighted how different but important both management and engineering jobs are."

"London Overground was happy to facilitate a visit for City's electrical engineering students. It is important for the rail industry to highlight the range of engineering opportunities available to graduate engineers and to ensure that we do not miss out to traditional recruiting areas such as telecommunications and computing."

Dave Grey, Depot Facility Manager, London Overground Operations

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