TRB plans to design and produce new gangway doors comprising an aluminum external skin with a honeycomb core.
TRB plans to design and produce new gangway doors comprising an aluminum external skin with a honeycomb core.

TRB Lightweight Structures and Spanish railway manufacturer CAF have joined forced to make 17 new trains for West Midlands Railway in the UK.

According to the companies, each four-car train is designed to operate as a stand-alone vehicle or can be coupled with additional units to increase passenger capacity. TRB plans to design and produce new gangway doors comprising an aluminum external skin with a honeycomb core, making them more lightweight. TRB says that the 136 doors – four per cab and overall eight per train – have been designed to meet GM/RT 2100 Rev 5 regulations, and will be impact tested to BS EN15152 standards to meet the safety requirements of the UK rail sector.

‘Our role is to assist our customers by manufacturing, testing and validating parts to meet their application needs,’ said Lyndon Newman, Lead Engineer of Rail at TRB. ‘Each door for this project will be painted and supplied with locks, windows, hinges and frames for easy installation.’

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