First Great Western has taken delivery of a mobile controlled emission toilet bowser from Wesurail, part of the Washtec Group. According to the company, the bowser ’improves environmental performance while maintaining all the technical and operational features of a fixed site CET facility, yet without the cost and structure implications of several permanent CET stations’.
The battery powered vehicle services trains in situ, extracting effluent, rinsing the effluent tank and automatically refilling the water tank. It has an odour filtration system and on board facilities to sterilise hose ends. It is designed to be used as a back-up to or replacement for a fixed facility.
FGW Depot Group Manager Andy Cope says the bowser’s mobility and accessibility across a large depot area has reduced the need for additional train movements and avoided any additional pipe installations, as the unit discharges to existing manholes.
Wesurail Ltd, Great Britain
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