Vossloh Kiepe UK appoints leading ERTMS engineer

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Vossloh Kiepe Reliability and Maintenance EngineerOne of the UK’s leading ERTMS specialists, Richard Pratten, has joined Vossloh Kiepe UK as a Reliability and Maintenance Engineer.

Bringing valuable experience gained at Ansaldo STS, where he improved the reliability of trains fitted with ERTMS in the UK, Richard aims to further develop Vossloh Kiepe UK’s reputation for integration engineering and rolling stock enhancement and ensure the company takes a leading role in the integration of ETCS technology in legacy fleets across the UK. Continue reading

Vossloh Kiepe 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

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

DMU fuel saving initiative

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Rolling stock owner Porterbrook has commissioned Vossloh Kiepe UK, formerly Transys Projects to test the feasibility of retrofitting fuel-saving gearbox technology on to South West Trains’ Class 158 units.

This collaboration will see Vossloh Kiepe UK undertake the integration design and installation of ZF Ecomat hydromechanical gearboxes on to the Class 158 unit, overcoming the technical challenges of installing the equipment.

“As energy saving and fuel costs remain a major concern for the rail industry, there is a pressing need for engineers to develop new and novel ways to save fuel,” commented Vossloh Kiepe UK’s engineering director Hugh Parker. “This trial is incredibly important to the industry as we have a legacy of regional diesel trains which will stay in service for some time to come.” Continue reading

Refresh and installation of CCTV on 148 trains for Southeastern

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With over 2000 train services and 570,000 passenger movements on any given day, a programme to update a fleet of Southeastern trains with minimal disruption is no mean feat.

Vossloh Kiepe UK, formerly Transys Projects, was commissioned to take on the monumental task, which took 18 months to complete. The project involved the refresh and installation of new and improved CCTV systems on 148 Electrostar mainline and metro trains. Continue reading