Flowstone was proud to be appointed as specialist resin contractors to carry out the resin coating works to a new, prestigious bogie drop facility at Wimbledon Train Depot as part of a £6 million investment program.
The Train Depot, which is managed by the South West Trains Network Alliance, is one of the busiest depots in the country with an average of 250 train carriages being maintained there every night and the team of around 170 depot staff is responsible for delivering some of the most reliable train services in the UK.
A major part of the investment program was spent on the new bogie drop, an innovative and state-of-the-art piece of maintenance equipment. The new system means that single train carriages can have their bogies (the part of the train carrying the wheels) and other mechanical equipment detached at track level. This allows maintenance, inspection and cleaning work to take place in other areas of the train while these parts are being changed.
The bogie drop will deliver greater efficiency during both planned and unplanned maintenance activities, allowing the train to be returned to service as quickly as possible.
Objectives of the Train Depot Bogie Installation Project
Flowstone was appointed due to our extensive experience in the rail sector and our track record of delivering complex projects on time and to a high standard. We were charged with the task of providing:
- A protective resin coating to protect the concrete structure from damage from fuels, oils and water ingress
- A safe working environment for all who use the depot ensuring the floor and its line marking details comply with current rail industry regulations
- A high end finished surfaces to an impressive rail building
Installation Preparation and Process
Flowstone prepared the floors and pit walls by way of dust free shot-blasting and diamond grinding. The team then applied a high performance, epoxy resin to the main floor, pit floors, the pit walls and line marking to the floor both indoors and outdoors.
Flowstone completed the task to budget and on time making the depot a safer and more pleasant environment for all who work on the floor. The depot was officially opened by Rail Minister and Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond.
Christian Roth, Fleet Director for the South West Trains-Network Rail Alliance, said:
“The investment we have made in partnership with the Department for Transport will completely transform the way we can carry out maintenance of our train fleet at Wimbledon depot. Not only is it bringing a 1970’s depot right up to date with modern day facilities, but it also means that we have enhanced capability to efficiently maintain the 108 extra carriages being provided though the Government’s HLOS programme.”
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