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Reference Projects

Class 321 Traction Upgrade for Eversholt Rail Group

Delivery: 2013 – 2016

Vossloh Kiepe UK was awarded a contract by Eversholt Rail Group to upgrade the traction and auxilliary system on one Class 321 EMU with innovative and energy-saving Vossloh Kiepe traction equipment.

Vossloh Kiepe in Düsseldorf was responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the traction equipment, whereas the UK business in Birmingham carried out the engineering design, approvals, installation and testing of the equipment as part of a Turnkey Project.



Class 455 Traction Upgrade for Porterbrook Leasing Company

Delivery: 2013 – 2016

As part of a £40m investment in South West Trains’ Class 455 EMUs, Porterbrook Leasing Company contracted Vossloh Kiepe UK to upgrade their fleet of 91 Class 455s with modern IGBT technology traction inverters.

Vossloh Kiepe in Düsseldorf was responsible for the manufacture and delivery of the traction equipment, whereas the UK business in Birmingham carried out the engineering design, approvals, installation and testing of the equipment as part of a Turnkey Project.


Class 158 & 159 Vanity Unit Upgrade for South West Trains

Delivery: 2015 – 2016

South West Trains contracted Vossloh Kiepe UK to undertake a turnkey project to replace the existing vanity unit within the toilets of their Class 158 and Class 159 vehicles.

The current hand dryer was unreliable, with poor heat output, so Vossloh Kiepe designed the integration of a modular hygiene unit, which provided increased heat output, and a more aesthetically pleasing design. The hygiene units are being installed at Salisbury Depot.


Mk3 Coach Interior Refurbishment for Abellio Grater Anglia

Delivery: 2014 – 2016

Abellio Greater Anglia awarded Vossloh Kiepe UK a turnkey contract to refurbish their intercity Mk3 carriages. The significant refresh sees all of the train operator’s Mark 3 fleet enhanced, with the following improvements throughout for both First Class and Standard carriages:

240v AC power points;
New LED lighting;
New carpets;
New tables;
New seat covers;
Upgraded environmentally-friendly controlled emission toilets, including new floors and new taps;
Re-painting of the carriage interior saloon and vestibule panels, walls and ceilings.
Exterior painting of all carriages is also currently taking place as part of a separate programme already underway.

Vossloh Kiepe UK completed the project management, design, engineering, procurement and installation, which was performed at Norwich Crown Point Depot in a specially erected temporary workshop dedicated to the project.
The work will be undertaken at a specially prepared facility at Abellio Greater Anglia’s Crown Point Depot in Norwich and the first refurbished carriages are due to enter service in the first quarter of next year, with the full programme completed by the end of the train operator’s current short franchise in October 2016. Work to prepare the site in Norwich is already underway and key materials needed as part of the project are already being ordered.


Class 221 Automatic Sanding System for Bombardier

Delivery: 2015

Vossloh Kiepe UK was contracted by Bombardier Transportation to design, supply and install an automatic sanding system to the fleet of 19 Virgin Trains’ Class 221 Super Voyagers.

The system was a further development of Vossloh Kiepe’s automatic sanding product range, compliant to GM/RT2461 and included a sand box level detection feed to the trains TMS and the facility for automated sand delivery via a lance.


Class 37 ETCS for Hitachi Rail

Delivery: 2015

Hitachi Rail awarded Vossloh Kiepe a contract to integrate and install the Hitachi ETCS system to two West Coast Railways Class 37 locomotives, for operation on the Cambrian Line.

This project followed on from Vossloh Kiepe’s previous experience of installing ETCS, and was delivered as a turnkey project, including the integration design, engineering, procurement and installation at Barrow Hill, Chesterfield.


Adhesion Modifier Project for Network Rail

Delivery: 2013-2015

Vossloh Kiepe UK has been working with Network Rail to roll out an innovative trial of fitting Adhesion Treatment Utilising Service Trains (ATUST). Three classes of vehicle have been installed so far; Mk3 DVT, Class 317 and Class 323, which are capable of laying a friction modifier gel, which allows the rail head to be treated during the leaf fall season, without deploying the Network Rail yellow vehicles.

The system requires the installation of an underframe tank which contains the friction modifier and an electric pump and hoses to apply the gel to the rail head. The control of the system is managed through a bespoke microprocessor controller, which evaluates vehicle speed, location and system status to control the flow of gel to the rail, which can be controlled through back office software.


Corrosion Repairs for Docklands Light Railway

Delivery: 2013-2015

Vossloh Kiepe UK undertook an overhaul programme to provide corrosion repairs to the B92 Docklands Light Rail Vehicles.

The Overhaul consisted of the removal and replacement of the lower front panels, removal and refitting of the windscreens, replacement headlight assemblies, replacement seals, repainting and application of new decals.

The work was undertaken at Beckon Depot, London.


Class 158 ZF Transmission Trial for Porterbrook

Delivery: 2014-2015

Porterbrook Leasing, ZF, and Vossloh Kiepe worked together to develop a trial installation of a mechanical gearbox on a South West Trains’ Class 158 unit. The project involved the removal of the hydraulic gearbox, and the integration of the ZF gearbox, as well as the development of an FPGA to act as the overall control for the gearbox functions.

Substantial mechanical and electrical engineering was required, which was provided by Vossloh Kiepe, together with the installation of the unit at Salisbury Depot. The trial has resulted in significant fuel savings for the operator.