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The “Brighton Belle”

Kiepe Electric UK are delighted to be working with the 5BEL trust in developing and designing a sanding system for the Class 403/1 “Brighton Belle” Pullman EMU.

The system will apply sand to improve braking and traction performance in times of low adhesion and will fully comply with GM/RT2461. The 5BEL Trust are restoring the historic “Brighton Belle” back into operational condition for passenger-carrying services.

The “Brighton Belle” was the most famous electric train in the world, running each day between London and Brighton between 1933 and 1972. When built, the quality of the accommodation set standards for luxury travel which continue to inspire today.  Each car was individually designed by a different leading British design house. It was – and will be again – the leading icon of the Art Deco period. The 5BEL Trust aim to have this wonderful train running on the mainline for many years so that future generations can enjoy an authentic 1930′s travel experience.



KEUK has a long history of providing sanding solutions into the UK rail market and are becoming increasingly successful in assisting Leasing Companies and Train Operating Companies achieve franchise commitments by installing technical enhancements, refurbishing existing rolling stock and increasing fleet reliability.

Kiepe Electric UK completes the installation of 2 off Class 37 locomotives with Hitachi Rail ETCS

Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) awarded Kiepe Electric UK a contract in 2015 to integrate and install the Hitachi European Rail Traffic Management System/European Train Control System (ERTMS/ETCS) to 2 off Class 37/5 locomotives, for operation west of Sutton Bridge Junction and Shrewsbury on the Cambrian Line in Wales.  The two locomotives, Nos 37668 and 37669, are owned and operated by West Coast Railways.

Vossloh Kiepe’s turnkey project included the integrated design, engineering, procurement and the installation and commissioning at Barrow Hill in Chesterfield.

The installation of ETCS on Class 37 Locomotives is a complex task.  There are many unique features on each locomotive as the class was originally supplied in twelve batches and subsequently maintained by numerous operators who independently carried out their own internal modifications.  However, Vossloh Kiepe offered HRE the benefits of its experience by utilising many aspects of the successful ETCS approved design, installation and conversion that Vossloh Kiepe had undertaken on 3 off Class 37 Locomotives for Network Rail.  These three locomotives were reclassified as Class 97 and numbered 97302, 97303 and 97304.

In collaboration with HRE, Vossloh Kiepe’s Engineering Design office developed the post-concept design for the package of work and produced the necessary design pack.  Vossloh Kiepe provided site and safety management and skilled and certificated tradesmen, including a coded welder when required.  The project included the removal of both redundant and obsolete cab equipment together with the installation of new ETCS equipment.

To locate the new Doppler radar and balise (transducer) antenna installation, Vossloh Kiepe redesigned and installed a replacement long range fuel tank in order to make provision for the new equipment that was being installed on the underside of the fuel tank including a revised wiring installation.  The design incorporated full Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and was approved to meet Railway Group Standards.

The package of work included modifying the ETCS cubicles to allow occasional access to the rectifiers and fitting of new On-Train Monitoring Recorder (OTMR) and upgrading the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) Equipment, GSM-R/GPS and GSM-R/Data Antennas, and ETCS Brake Control Equipment.  Vossloh Kiepe reviewed and modified the cab desk design and fitted new cab equipment housings that incorporated a 240V power inverter, socket and Ethernet connection on the non-drivers side for a secondary Desktop Management Interface (DMI)/laptop. New axle speed probes were also provided and fitted.

Following the completion of the installation, Vossloh Kiepe undertook verification and routine testing of the ETCS, TPWS and OTMR systems and assisted in performing the commissioning and set-up of the ETCS system before final testing and handover to the Customer.

The spot-hire locomotives will provide additional haulage capability and flexibility for commercial operations over the Cambrian line and providing further ERMTS/ETCS operating experience for the roll-out across Network Rail.

ERTMS and ETCS systems

Integrating state-of-the-art 21st century ERTMS technology onto Britain’s rail infrastructure and ETCS systems onto the UK’s many legacy fleets will demand the highest standards of engineering excellence and experienced project management. At Vossloh Kiepe UK, formerly Transys Projects Ltd, we … Continue reading

Rail engineering designers become software stars

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The UK’s leading Siemens PLM Software Solution Provider, Majenta PLM, is working with Vossloh Kiepe UK to create a short film about Solid Edge, it’s technically robust 3D CAD software.

The two minute video features two designers from Vossloh Kiepe UK, who explain the significant benefits of using the 3D modelling software for both the rail engineering team and clients. Continue reading

Kiepe Electric UK to deliver traction upgrade to South West Trains’ Class 455 fleet

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South West Trains’ Class 455 trains will be one of the first EMU fleets in the UK to benefit from a state of the art upgrade featuring regenerative braking, as Vossloh Kiepe UK begins a £40m programme to fit 91 units with its advanced energy-saving traction equipment for Porterbrook Leasing Company. Continue reading

Former Angel Trains boss Tim Dugher joins Vossloh Kiepe UK as non-exec

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Former Angel Trains Chief Operating Officer Tim Dugher has joined the board of Vossloh Kiepe UK as a non-executive director, with a brief to help the management team further develop the business.

“It’s an exciting time to join,” Dugher said. “The experienced core team, now with a wider offering and global presence, is ideally equipped to meet the challenges of the mainline rail market. Additionally Vossloh Kiepe GmbH brings us significant expertise in light rail.” Continue reading

Eversholt Rail Group scopes out re-traction upgrades

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Eversholt Rail Group and Vossloh Kiepe UKEversholt Rail Group has begun looking at a traction system upgrade for its fleet of Class 321 and 322 electrical multiple units and has awarded the contract for a feasibility study to Birmingham-based Vossloh Kiepe UK.

Formerly Transys Projects, Vossloh Kiepe UK will be combining the installation experience of its Birmingham-based staff with the traction expertise from colleagues in Dusseldorf, to complete the feasibility study by March 2013. Continue reading

Vossloh Kiepe UK Launches

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Transys Projects Limited is changing its name to Vossloh Kiepe UK Limited, further strengthening the brand’s position in the UK rail market.

The company, which was acquired by Vossloh Kiepe GmbH in June, will begin trading under the new name on 1 October 2012. Vossloh Kiepe UK will offer a broad range of engineering expertise, encompassing its existing UK services as well as new capabilities brought in from the Vossloh Kiepe Group. Continue reading

Transys and Network Rail improve sanders

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In a bid to improve the amount of friction between wheel and rail during the autumn and winter months, Vossloh Kiepe UK is working with Network Rail to find innovative ways to improve safety and reduce delays caused by adhesion problems.

Vossloh Kiepe UK, formerly Transys Projects, is the leading supplier of train adhesion improvement systems in the UK and is responsible for the introduction of ‘on train’ sandite laying, which has been trialled successfully in Nottinghamshire and East Anglia.

Vossloh Kiepe UK, formerly Transys Projects, is the leading supplier of train adhesion improvement systems in the UK and is responsible for the introduction of ‘on train’ sandite laying, which has been trialled successfully in Nottinghamshire and East Anglia. Continue reading