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Greater Anglia invests in keeping its new trains clean

Greater Anglia, which is commissioning three new fleets of trains (Classes 720, 745 and 755) has taken steps to keep them in tip-top condition by installing a new carriage washer machine at its Crown Point depot in Norwich.

The new £1.2 million carriage washer in July and it has now been completed, two months ahead of schedule. It now takes a less than a minute for a three or four carriage train to pass through the wash.

In addition, new train washers are being installed at Southend Victoria and Crown Point Depot in Norwich, while the washers at Clacton, Colchester, Ilford depot and Orient Way in London will be refurbished, as part of a £4 million project to improve train cleaning, as the company introduces new trains.

The new train washers are more efficient and effective, saving water, energy and time.

Martin Moran, Greater Anglia’s commercial, customer services and train presentation director, said: “We are very pleased to have a new train washer at Crown Point. The old one was almost 40 years old.

“The new washers will improve the quality and standard of train washing, as well as helping to save up to 10% of the volume of water needed, compared to what was previously used.

“Our new trains look great and we want to keep them looking this way for years to come, which is why we are heavily investing in cleaning. We are currently in the process of replacing every single train in our fleet to make our customers’ journeys easier and more comfortable.

“I would like to thank everyone who was involved in this project.”

Craig Prangley, Taylor Woodrow’s Operations Director, said: “We are proud to have delivered the train washer safely and ahead of schedule.

“The work was delivered through a combination of self-delivery from the Taylor Woodrow team and work from our specialist subcontractors.

“Successful completion in such close proximity to the main line is testament to the collaboration of everyone involved in bringing this great new facility into use.”

A hand washing regime was put in place to maintain high standards while the new machine was installed.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com
SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST. A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series. Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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