Back in 2018 we installed a series of two-storey GRP access platforms at GTR‘s Stewarts Lane Rail Depot in Battersea, London. The lower platform sits at the train floor height at allow safe access to the interior of each vehicle while the upper platform is level with the roof to allow engineers to work on the HVAC units.
Reaching between the top platforms – across the top of the train – barriers or ‘boxing rings’ were installed to prevent anyone from falling down the space between carriages. Recent changes to the height of the antennas on trains meant they were catching on the boxing rings so we were asked to go in and make adjustments.
A total of 22 barriers (11 boxing rings) were worked on from the roof of a full-length train positioned between the platforms to allow our guys easy access. All they had to do was raise the height of the lowest bars to create 200mm clearance. Once our installers figured out the most efficient way to go about it, the whole project took just a day and a half – much to the delight of the depot manager.
Stewarts Lane Depot
Stewarts Lane is a large railway-servicing facility in Battersea in London, England, founded by the London, Chatham and Dover Railway (LCDR) in 1862, to serve London Victoria railway station. It is sited in the midst of a maze of railway lines between ‘Factory Junction’ and ‘Stewarts Lane Junction’, adjacent to the site of the former Longhedge Railway Works and the Stewarts Lane Chord formerly used by Eurostar trains from the Kent freight lines to Waterloo International station. Prior to 1962 it was one of the largest motive power depots in the UK. Following the end of steam traction in the early 1960s it was converted into a traction maintenance depot which is currently operated by Govia Thameslink Railway.
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