Worksop-based rail fastening manufacturer PANDROL has won the Technical Innovation category in the national Rail Business Awards at a glittering event held at London’s Hilton hotel on Park Lane last week.
The award was in recognition of Pandrol’s innovative new ‘Re’ 1800 SYSTEM, which was selected from amongst hundreds of entries for its time and efficiency savings as it minimises track infrastructure downtime and allows more work to be done within a shorter timeframe. The prestigious trophy was presented by TV celebrity and comedienne Sandi Toksvig OBE.
Gavin Livie, UK Market Manager at Pandrol, said: “We are delighted that our ‘Re’ 1800 SYSTEM was successful in winning this award, especially against such strong competition. This innovative new product offers huge benefits to rail track operators in terms of reducing installation time and enhancing safety. The award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our team in working with rail operators and contractors to develop innovative solutions.”
He adds: “We expect that with increasing adoption of the new ‘Re’ 1800 SYSTEM, there will be a significant contribution to reducing the cost of maintaining the railway network, both in the UK and globally.”
The ‘Re’ 1800 SYSTEM is a rail fastening innovation that has been designed to increase the output rates during the re-railing process and has been proven in trials to reduce installation time by as much as 35 per cent, as well as significantly reducing the number of components required. It also improves the ergonomics and efficiency for contractors undertaking the re-railing work.
In addition, the ‘Re’ 1800 SYSTEM, which requires very little product training to install, can be retrofitted on existing PANDROL e-clip and PR clip concrete sleepers, therefore improving the longevity and durability of rail fastening components on older types of sleeper.