TransPennine Express Class 185 DMU (Photo: Siemens Mobility)

UK: The 51 Class 185 diesel multiple-units which TransPennine Express leases from Eversholt Rail are to be equipped with Siemens Mobility’s Railigent cloud-based reporting tools, which are expected to improve reliability significantly while reducing overall maintenance and whole-life costs.

The cloud-based digital tools will enable the operator to generate and apply relevant data to optimise fleet planning. They will also enable the Siemens Mobility maintenance teams to monitor subsystems including doors and batteries to improve overall fault finding.

The project will also provide a future-proof digital platform enabling the fleet to be connected to additional systems.

‘In recent years we have all witnessed our personal devices becoming increasingly connected to the cloud, and this is the railway equivalent’, explained Paul Sutherland, Client Services Director for Eversholt Rail, on September 8.

‘This £2·7m investment in cloud-based technology will provide real time data to the operator and maintenance staff, so they can foresee emerging issues early and deal with them as they arise; improving responsiveness and reliability whilst reducing maintenance costs.’

Deployment is expected to be completed by autumn 2022.