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Unipart Rail to distribute AB Hoses’ variable-rate sanding system

AB Hoses and Fittings has announced that it has appointed Unipart Rail as the exclusive world-wide distributor for its Advanced Automatic Sander (AAS) variable-rate sanding system.

The new system has been developed to deliver enhanced adhesion for rail vehicles and has the potential to deliver significant timetable improvements and cost savings for rail vehicle operators, reduce low adhesion SPADs by 98 per cent and reduce low adhesion station overruns by 96 per cent.

David Whiteside, AB Hoses Commercial Director said: “We have worked very closely with RSSB and West Midlands Trains, along with Ricardo Rail, DB-ESG and Intrumentel, to build on our existing, award winning, sanding system technology and delivered the DVRS system used in the T1107 service trial. I’m delighted to say the results were overwhelmingly positive, the drivers loved it, and it is clear that DVRS is the future and has the potential, in the words of a TOC operations director, to be a ‘game changer’.

“As the only UK owned and based sander system manufacturer we have, in RSSB’s opinion, raised the industry’s expectations on what sanding systems should be capable of. Working with Unipart Rail is a natural extension to our technological innovation to accelerate the distribution and adoption of the AAS.”

Kelly Warburton, managing director, UK Rail Commercial at Unipart Rail said “We are always keen to work with existing suppliers and new partners to support new innovation and the commercialisation of new technologies that will benefit our customers. Through joining our market reach and customer relationships with AB Hoses’ innovation, we are set to deliver a massive improvement in timetable accuracy and lower costs to our customers.”

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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