A vital ingredient in our Turnkey portfolio of rolling stock services has to be our decade of experience in systems installation and maintenance.
A rail carriage is an extremely complex machine that has an incredible amount of information and data flowing in and out of it. It has a multitude of moving parts, built for the safety and comfort of both passengers and staff, needing to be serviced and maintained.
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In our completely ‘connected’ society the Rail industry hasn't been able to avoid the impact of technology, meaning innovation has created demand thus driving state of the art systems and upgrades.
Over the last decade, we’ve been able to develop experienced teams that deliver across a broad scope of areas such as: passenger information and connectivity like WIFI, through to digital railway technology like GSMR and ETCS.
In this blog post we’ve collated the top 9 areas we cover as a part of our Systems services review.
Let’s take a look at these services in detail:
1. LED Lighting
LED lighting is the next generation system being utilised within the rail industry. TXM Projects have been heavily involved in the support and installation of these lighting systems. We continue to work closely with the current ROSCOs and TOCs to ensure upgrades are completed promptly to minimise unit downtime. Benefits include energy efficiency and life expectancy versus traditional lighting systems.
2. At Seat Sockets
Demand for greater passenger comfort and the use of electrical equipment means at seat sockets have become a vital part of the day to day standard requirements on rail vehicles. TXM Projects have completed several major installations of ‘at seat sockets’ from a standard USB requirement to a combination of both 240V and USB complete on both HST and Class 185 fleets.
ETCS is the next-generation technology for signalling and control of rail vehicles around the European infrastructure. TXM Projects have been working closely with Alstom for the past 2 years installing and commissioning an ETCS system onto the Class 180 fleet of trains for Grand Central. We now have an experienced team that is fully conversant with the installation requirements that can offer support throughout the UK.
4. Test & Commission
We are completely conversant with a variety of rail vehicle systems, from new installations to upgrades to existing systems. Test and commissioning are a vital part of any new or upgraded system, we can offer 24/7 support (at a moment’s notice) throughout the UK.
5. Passenger Information Systems
Passenger Information Systems (PIS) have become a vital part of today’s requirements within rail vehicles. With upgrades to existing systems to the installation of completely new systems transmitting live data. We have a broad knowledge of installing such systems, having completed various levels of installation (standard PIS to Live data PIS) across a wide range of rail vehicle types, these include the HST fleet for East Midland Trains.
TXM Projects have vast experience in the installation of Wi-Fi within rail vehicles, having completed many installations over the last several years. We have a core electrical/mechanical team that are fully conversant with the various Wi-Fi systems that are currently available for use within the rail industry. We also work closely with our customer/supplier base to ensure we are fully up to date with the latest technology.
CCTV has become an everyday expectation throughout everything we do. We are and have been supporting various TOC’s and ROSCO’s for many years in the installation, testing and commissioning of CCTV systems within rail vehicles. We can support anything from onsite installation to full turnkey: Design, Manufacture and Installation.
8. Drivers Reminder Appliance
Drivers Reminder Appliance (DRA) is a safety system introduced to stop train drivers passing a signal at danger. We’ve been involved in the upgrade of such systems on various rail fleets. Our staff undergo safety-critical training and regular monitoring to ensure we are fully compliant with the latest regulations. This enables us to complete installations on rail vehicles where safety is paramount.
9. Automated Passenger Counting
Automated passenger counting (APC) is a system that provides low-cost data on passenger numbers. TXM Projects have installed APC systems across a wide variety of rail vehicles, allowing fast and reliable data to be viewed. We work closely with TOCs and ROSCOs ensuring software updates are maintained.
Final words from TXM Projects
It is an incredibly tough time for the rail industry and nation as a whole, luckily our administration team can work remotely to supply the key workers available to keep the nations rolling stock on the move.