TBM Rail provides specialist passenger comfort solutions to the rail industry by creating products and services that tangibly improve journey quality. The company combines decades of experience with pinpointing expert suppliers to create innovative solutions to a range of rolling stock projects including the Transpennine trains and other projects with specialists Bombardier and Siemens.
For the Transpennine project, TBM Rail chose Sanitaryware Supplies Company to design and manufacture several bespoke solutions like steel boxes for a new type of USB socket that allow train passengers to recharge their devices. New sets of purpose-made grab poles for the carriages, steel electrical switch boxes and cable securing clips amongst many other smaller fabrications. Work has also just been completed on new dado panels that fit the inside of carriage walls. The panels were fitted with power sockets, and the project meant that Sanitaryware Supplies had to deliver 896 panels in lengths from 1m up to 2.8m. The company also provided bespoke washbasins for a refurbishment project Bombardier carried out on East Midlands Trains.
“The partnership with TBM Rail has been exciting. Because of our ability to offer fabrications across various material types, including machined parts, in short, lead times and to a high specification,” says Andrew Duklow of The Sanitaryware Supplies Company. “This, in turn, has allowed TBM to open up a new service for the part of their business which looks after fleet refurbishments. Railway work is very much custom made and under severe time pressure. The product must be able to stand up to very hard wear. We are delighted that we have been able to make rail journeys a better experience for travellers.”
Captions: Top: Sanitaryware Supplies Company create bespoke washbasins for Bombardier East Midlands Trains. Middle: Specialist grab rails designed for Transpennine rolling stock. Bottom: Bespoke steel socket boxes provided to enable USB charging in Transpennine rolling stock.