Electric Traction Systems (ETS)
Professional Development Course
5 - 8 November 2012 | The Strand Palace Hotel, London, UK
The course will feature three technical visits on Tuesday 6 November 2012 to see first hand the operation of a rail depot and your chance to put theory into practice.
Delegates can choose to attend one of the following three railway depots:
Neasden Depot or Neasden Works is a London Underground railway depot on the Metropolitan Line, located between Neasden and Wembley Park stations. Historically, when it opened, Neasden was also a manufacturer, producing locomotives and coaching stock for the Metropolitan Railway. The final locomotive produced at the works was in 1898.
The depot is the largest on the London Underground, maintaining the Met's 58 train 8-car S-Stock fleet. In addition to the S Stock used on the Met, Neasden is also used for commissioning and heavy maintenance for the 7-car S-stock trains that are being introduced for use on the Hammersmith and Circle and District Lines.
Neasden occasionally carries out heavy maintenance on Hammersmith and City and Circle lines C Stock fleet. 24 Jubilee Line trains are also stabled here, however these are now serviced in Stratford Market Depot. Although not part of the depot, the Jubilee line signalling control centre is based on the same site.
Currently major work is being undertaken at Neasden, with much of the current 1930s layout being altered to make it suitable for maintenance of the new S Stock, which began to be rolled out in 2010 to all London Underground Sub Surface lines.
Due to the rebuild, Neasden's steam shed has now been decommissioned and converted into the Depot's training facility. Access to the depot by road is just off Neasden Lane, and is the home to the road level crossing on the Underground. It is also possible to access the depot by foot from Neasden station via a subway at the North end of the station.
Delegates will be taking the underground from Covent Garden station (changing over at Green Park onto the Jubilee line) and ten stops direct to Neasden. This journey will take approx.30 minutes.
- Visitors must wear robust shoes/safety boots
- No alcohol allowed on site
- Coffee machine is available on site for refreshments
- Photography is allowed for personal usage only. Any photos that will be published online / via any media will need to be authorised by the communications team at Neasden before doing so
Eurostar's Engineering Centre Temple Mills - Now full!
This tour is now full. Please select to visit either Neasden depot or New Cross depot.
Eurostar’s Engineering Centre Temple Mills is the main facility where all servicing, heavy maintenance and repair work of Eurostar trains will be undertaken in the UK from 13 November 2007. It is located 10 minutes Eurostar running time from St Pancras International.
The depot is designed to house eight full trains, each 400m in length. The overall dimensions of the eight road shed are approximately 435m long by 54m wide, with a floor to ceiling height of approximately 12m.
Adjoining the main shed are a number of workshops, offices and the main administration building, along with a huge stores and materials shed.
The depot is a 24 hour, 365 day operation and is staffed accordingly.
Delegates will be taking the underground from Covent Garden station (changing over at Holborn onto the Central line) and eight stops direct to Stratford DLR station and then it’s a two minute walk to Stratford International station. This journey will take approx. 40 minutes.
- Visitors to note that under the Channel Tunnel regulations, the depot is subject to security of a similar level to going air-side at an airport, and so passports will need to be presented at the gate and the checking-in process for the group will take 30 minutes
- Visitors must wear robust flat shoes
- Visitors should make their own way to the gate, which is approx. 25 minute walk from Leyton Underground station. Eurostar will provide map
- Photography is not allowed without a permit - in view of the number of visitors, if photos are desired it would be better to nominate one person
Bombardier New Cross Depot
New Cross Depot is the London Overground Depot managed by Bombardier looking after the East and North London Line Fleets which provide the most reliable service of the London-based operators.The visit will include a brief introduction to the depot and fleet followed by a tour of facilities.
Delegates will be taking the underground from Covent Garden station (changing over at Green Park onto the Jubilee line) and eight stops to London Bridge Rail station.
From London Bridge Rail station you catch a southern train (towards Caterham Rail station) arriving at New Cross Gate station. This journey will take approx. 35 minutes.
- All visitors must wear boots and Hi Vi vests
- Photography is allowed but not of staff and not too many
The course dinner will be held in the Riverside Room at IET London: Savoy Place on Monday 5 November 2012 where delegates can enjoy a panoramic view of the Themes and some of London's iconic buildings. Falling on the same day as bonfire night and only two minutes walk from Strand Palace Hotel this is the ideal setting for the day!