Rolling stock

22.12.16

Porterbrook to install autumn leaf protection on Abellio East Anglia fleet

A wheel slide guard designed to tackle the problem of autumn leaves on the railway is due to be rolled out on Porterbrook’s fleet after a successful trial.

Porterbrook developed the system of wheel slide protection to install on its fleet of 1980s-era 250 Class 15x vehicles, which it leases to Abellio East Anglia.

The developers met the target of getting one unit in service for autumn 2016, going from design to testing in four months. The system allowed the Class 156 train to remain in service throughout autumn, whilst others had to be taken out of system for wheel re-profiling. Porterbrook is now planning to install it on its other trains.

Colin Dobson, the engineering director at Abellio East Anglia, said: “The WSP system installed on the 156 provided a critical capability during our most operationally vulnerable and challenging period.

“We were also able to gather invaluable comparative data to show how the system both added operational resilience and protected service levels.”

Knorr Bremse Rail Services supplied the equipment, based on its MGS3 system, which has previously been used on high-speed trains in Europe. However, the MGS3 has never been used in England or on tread braked vehicles.

SNC-Lavalin led the system integration to the existing vehicles and Loram carried out the installation of the first in class unit.

The system, which works similarly to an anti-lock brake on a car, activates automatically when the wheels come into contact with slippery tracks, preventing serious damage.

Greater Anglia and Network Rail also bought an adapted Land Rover to clean autumn leaves off the track.

Separately, owing to a lack of wheel slide protection, large numbers of Piccadilly Line trains on the London Underground had to be taken out of service this autumn, causing delays.

Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has now promised new rolling stock will be introduced from 2023.

(Image c. Geof Sheppard)

Have you got a story to tell? Would you like to become an RTM columnist? If so, click here 

Comments

Andrew Gwilt   23/12/2016 at 00:13

Brilliant idea. It should help these trains get more traction and to stop slipping as leaves do create problems with the wheels and brakes on the trains.

Jerry Alderson   23/12/2016 at 14:50

Without the devastating withdrawal of service on the Felixstowe and Sudbury branches in autumn 2015 this work would not have been done. The ORR's station usage figures have shown the impact: patronage has fallen on every station on the Felixstowe branch, admitteldy also caused by cancellations to give freight trains priority.

Add your comment

 

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, announced today. The i... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >

editor's comment

04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

last word

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >