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South Western Railways award Kiepe Electric a contract for traction upgrade and refurbishment

Kiepe Electric UK Ltd has been awarded a contract by First MTR South Western Trains
Limited to carry out traction upgrade and refurbishment works on 18 Class 442 trains
to be operated on the South Western Railway franchise.
The refurbished units will start to enter service from December 2018. The traction upgrade
element will see the existing DC traction equipment replaced with state-of-the-art AC equipment
incorporating IGBT (insulated-gate bipolar transistor) technology from Kiepe Electric
Düsseldorf. This upgrade will increase the reliability and efficiency of the trains by removing
the life expired equipment. In conjunction with the new traction equipment, a new braking
system from Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems will be installed which will improve the environmental
performance of the trains and lower operating costs by enabling regenerative
braking. The refurbishment will include new seats and carpets with at seat power in all classes
and table top charging facilities in 1st Class. The environmental benefits also extend to
the vehicle interiors with the installation of LED lighting. Wifi will be provided throughout and
disabled passengers will be catered for with universal accessible toilets and seating facilities.
“We are delighted to have been awarded this contract which follows on from other recent
turnkey projects, including retraction projects, delivered in the UK”, said Tim Jenkins, Managing
Director Kiepe Electric UK Ltd. “It is a further testament to Kiepe Electric UK’s skill, capability
and flexible approach in supporting customers to improve their rolling stock through delivering
complex turnkey projects”.
Neil Drury, SWR Engineering Director said: “We are delighted to have appointed Kiepe Electric
to carry out part of our planned £45m refurbishment and overhaul of our incoming Class
442 fleet of trains. Kiepe Electric has a proven track record in this field and we know that they
will produce high quality, as-new trains for our customers which will include fully refurbished
interiors, new information systems and improved performance.”