Pan Up

After years of ‘carpet and covers’ refurbishing, the ‘shock of the new’ stirred the ROSCOs into serious engineering in order to be able to re-lease their fleets

New lease of life for 40-year old trains: HSTs in the yard at Doncaster

Sit in judgment of all wrong Peter Townshend

In what may come to be seen as the dying days of the franchised railway, Wabtec tried to meet the challenges of the Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRM) feeding frenzy of work to get compliant trains in service by the 2020 deadline. Over the years I had run projects with the now Wabtec plants at Doncaster (RFS), Loughborough (Brush) and Kilmarnock (Hunslet-Barclay) and had come to believe there was very little they couldn’t do to a rail vehicle.The industry (whatever that is) took a similar view behind the moans about individual delivery problems, tending to forget that we had worked our way to a position where a new carpet and a few stickers was seen as a big job.

Sparks fly: angle grinder at work on bodywork corrosion.


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