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Delkor Rail customised ALT .1 Rail Fastener System for London Underground

The London Underground was the world’s first underground rail metro and has been in continuous use since 1863. In its 150 years of service, the Underground has been expanded, updated and upgraded on a constant basis.  While not quite original, the traditional rail track fastening system designs are old and require a lot of maintenance – a costly and time consuming exercise.

Delkor Rail worked in conjunction with London Underground to design a rail track fastening system to replace the traditional forms. The London Underground team were looking for a system that would deal with wheel-rail forces without fatiguing whilst being simple and reliable, with a highly robust rail fastener that would deliver virtually maintenance-free operation.

The Delkor Alt.1 baseplate was selected as the preferred plate, and a new plate was designed to fit the required footprint. The Delkor ALT.1 is a one-piece, highly robust rail fastener consisting of a top plate and base frame, which are vulcanised together by means of a natural rubber boot.

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Delkor Rail pilots passenger safety project at Heathrow Airport, UK

Delkor Rail engineers have recently returned from the UK where they developed a pilot project with Heathrow Airport to make rail travel safer for travellers to Heathrow.

The Heathrow Express is the fastest way from central London to Heathrow Airport, with trains departing every 15 minutes and most passengers having luggage with them for their travels. A high occurrence of incidents for travellers getting on and off the Heathrow Express led to the investigation of ways to reduce the gap between the platform and the train.

Terminal 5 was chosen as the site for trial as it was on straight track, could easily be monitored and had a high volume of passengers travelling with luggage.  Delkor Rail then custom designed Platform Gap Fillers in conjunction with Interfleet UK; with the teams working together to develop prototypes and the trial product.

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Passenger fails to mind the gap in Perth

Platform Gap Filler increase safety of passengers getting on and off trains.

Stirling Station, Perth has made worldwide news today for an incident that could have had a dire outcome for the passenger whose leg got caught between the train and the platform. This unfortunately happens at stations all too often, however this incident made world wide news because of the amazing footage of other passengers pushing the carriage away from the platform enough to free his leg and watch the man walk away from the incident.

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