Phil Wilson MP arranged for Labour's Shadow Transport Secretary and me to have a briefing and update from Darren Cumner, Plant Manager at Hitachi Rail Europe in Newton Aycliffe today.
Darren talked about the great advances on site with the steelwork being finished any day. It has come along a long way since my visit in November.
I was particularly interested to hear about his extensive plans for recruitment and training of engineers. These jobs will be vital for the Tees Valley.
He has also asked about the possibility of opening a local Skills and Technology College which makes good sense.
Exciting times for NE manufacturing!