Metronet is carrying out a three-month trial of Scotchguard Protector Graphic Film 8050 on the doors of trains on London Underground’s Metropolitan Line. The graffiti-resistant film is coloured to match existing paintwork, and can be replaced quickly without repainting.

3M, UK

EuroMaint has awarded Trelleborg Industrial a €2m contract to supply 4500 chevron springs for the refurbishment of SJ’s X2000 tilting trainsets. The custom-designed springs have a separate, reusable mounting bracket.

Trelleborg Industrial, UK

EuroTech has announced the release of COM-1240, a gateway module to link a PC/104 embedded computer with the on-train serial communications bus.

EuroTech, Italy

Following testing of a prototype, Otis and Metronet are to install a lift with AC gearless traction drive at Pinner station on London Underground’s Metropolitan Line. The machinery is housed in the shaft rather than in a separate plant room, allowing the provision of lifts at stations with restricted space.

Metronet Rail, UK

Screen and large format digitally-printed designs can be encapsulated in Dec-Flex self-adhesive laminate, which can be applied to most smooth and non-porous interior surfaces on rolling stock.

Supersine Duramark, UK

Bombardier has ordered low-maintenance Ni-Cad rechargeable batteries for 22 power cars being built for 250 km/h operation in Spain. 86 cells in series will provide a nominal 110V and 105Ah capacity to support communication, control and train management systems for up to 90min.

Saft, France

Toshiba and Nippon Chemi-Con are developing a 0·6 kW-h electric double layer capacitor module which can store braking energy for reuse as traction power. In-service trials of the underfloor modules will be carried out by Central Japan railway in 2008.

Toshiba, Japan

CAPTION: Readypower Engineering has taken delivery of the first five Accessrailer-17 vehicles produced by Rexquote. These combine a Terex dumper chassis with a Niftylift to offer a working platform height of up to 17m above rail level and an outreach of 9m. The machines feature biodegradable oil and soft foam-filled tyres, and can be fully controlled from the basket