When GNER had problems with their HST (Class 43) cab
environment, they came to ESG, the company supporting the largest fleet
of locomotives in the country for DB Schenker Rail.
The Class 43 sunblind design was 40 years old, and is
similar in design to that seen on many of the older units operating
across the UK. The HST operator was suffering from numerous instances
of the blind unexpectedly releasing from the stowed position and
striking the driver on the head. A change had to be made quickly, and
GNER identified ESG as the company to deliver.
ESG completed the HST (CL 43) design, first fit, and
fitting procedure on time to meet GNER requirements. ESG also achieved
on time delivery of sunblinds for First Capital Connect's fleet of CL
ESG sourced a new blind to solve the initial problem, but also provided numerous additional improvements including:
- Increased screen coverage
- Better sun protection
- Spring retraction
Project Overview HST (CL43)
ESG provided a prototype fitment using existing mounting points to
minimise installation downtime, and this was immediately approved by the
drivers. It has since been reported as a huge improvement in design,
increasing visibility of the line and significantly reducing
temperature build-up in unoccupied cabs.
ESG also managed the full approval route (with Railway Approvals
Ltd.), promoting the most economical and up-to-date option to the
operator; resulting in this modification being the first GNER/NXEC
modification to be approved via the NoBo/Competent Person route.
Increasing Range of Sunblinds
ESG have since developed the sunblind range in recognition of the
numerous vehicles on the network with old fashioned sun visors, and can
offer sunblind design, kit supply, installation, and approval to suit a
wide range of applications with short implementation timescales.