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Interfleet Creates Snack Car For Irish Rail
For use in a rake of Mk3 coaches to operate
on the 160km/hour main line between Dublin and Waterford, and possibly
on to Cork, a former British Mk3 InterCity TRFK 40513 catering coach
is currently undergoing conversion into a modern snack car vehicle.
Interfleet Technology won the £1m contract awarded by Iarnrod
Eireann (Irish Rail) following its purchase of the vehicle from Porterbrook
Responsible for design, procurement and project
management, Interfleet's remit is to create a modern interior, providing
maximum seating capacity with light catering facilities and a snack
counter. The new saloon features 2x2 seating with tables on each side
of the central gangway and a snack bar area where light meals may
be microwaved and hot and cold drinks supplied. An overhead rack is
provided above the seats for personal items like coats and a luggage
stack is provided for suitcases and heavy luggage.
In addition to the installation of a Mk3b
style ceiling featuring lowered ceiling panels and new lighting, on-board
telephone and a PA system, the vehicle will be fitted out with dedicated
seating and toilet facilities for the disabled, meeting with the latest
disabled persons regulations.
Vehicle body work involves stretching the
bogies to satisfy the Republic of Ireland's wider track gauge of 1.6m,
the fitment of swing plug doors to replace the slam doors, alterations
to the buffer, draw-gear and inter-vehicle couplings and the addition
of an internal vestibule/saloon power-operated sliding door. Under-frame,
the conversion involves the installation of a new UP32 air conditioning
module and battery module, and provision for a retention tank for
the future supply of a vacuum flush toilet system.
Work began during October 2000 and delivery
to Dublin Inchicore Works is scheduled for mid 2001. On winning the
contract Interfleet Technology moved quickly to establish contracts
with various sub-contractors and suppliers including Railway Projects
for the conversion work, Engineering & Management Consultants
for the interior design, Wabtec Rail for the bogie conversion and
Serco Rail for the EDU workshop conversion location. Temoinsa (Spain)
supplied the disabled toilet and Tebel Technologies (Holland) the
swing plug doors while UK-based Vapor Stone and Richmond are supplying
the air conditioning module and seats respectively.
|| February 2001