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Rail Vehicle Door Locks

Pickersgill-Kaye, an Assa Abloy Group company, is a manufacturer and supplier of door locks for rail vehicles.

Pepper Road,
West Yorkshire,
Leeds LS10 2PP,
United Kingdom

Pepper Road,
West Yorkshire,
Leeds LS10 2PP,
United Kingdom

Pickersgill-Kaye, an Assa Abloy Group company, is a manufacturer and supplier of door locks for rail vehicles.

Locking products for railway applications

  • Carriage door slam locks, striking plates and handles
  • Cab / saloon door locks
  • Internal door locks for toilet, cab/saloon, parcel areas, inter car connecting doors, emergency cupboards and budget locks
  • Passenger emergency systems – passenger emergency alarm handles (electric and pneumatic), emergency talkback units, remote public address units, internal/external door releases (electric and pneumatic)
  • Water control diaphragm and foot valves
  • Emergency hammer boxes
  • Skirt locks
  • Toilet door locks
  • Locomotive door locks
  • Budget locks

Company profile

Pickersgill-Kaye was formed in 1855 by Joseph Kaye as a small engineering concern involved primarily with the manufacture of oil cans. During the latter part of the 19th century the company continued to diversify and eventually specialised in the design and manufacture of Kaye’s patent door locks supplying the architectural and railway industries throughout the UK. In October 2015, Pickersgill-Kaye became part of the Assa Abloy Group of companies.

Our primary business focus is the UK railway industry with our biggest customer being Unipart Rail, the UK’s railway vehicle component supplier. Our product range has continued to grow and, as well as door locks, we design and manufacture:

  • Complete door systems (e.g. the interior door for the Strasbourg Tram)
  • Electro-mechanical assemblies for audio communication systems (e.g. emergency talkback units and passenger alarm handles)
  • Electro-mechanical / pneumatic assemblies for train braking systems (e.g. passenger communication units, emergency egress and access devices)
  • LED indicator lights

Other capabilities of the Pickersgill group of companies include: repair and overhaul facilities, engineering and problem solving and reliability and performance improvements.

More recent product development

Pickersgill Kaye’s more recent products for the railway industry include:

  • LED cant rail light
  • LED indicators
  • Central locking system
  • Strasbourg Tram cab door equipment
  • Passenger emergency alarm/talkback units
  • Emergency egress and access devices

Product development

Pickersgill-Kaye’s product development benefits from all the latest design tools including CAD and solid modelling. We also specialise in reliability studies covering fault trees, failure mode analysis, failure mode effect criticality analysis and maintainability.

The company also offers project management and project engineering services.


Pickersgill-Kaye operates an ISO 9001: 2008 approved quality management system offering confirmation of reliability and quality culture-operator responsibility.

The company is also registered under the Supply Line (supplier number: 89701) and Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (supplier number: 028143).


The company’s extensive list of railway customers includes Alstom Transport, Axion Technologies, BFG, Bode, Bombardier Transportation, Compin, Dalian/Ocean Eagle, EMD, EVAC, Freightliner, Hitachi Rail, Hyundai-Rotem, Iarnród Éireann, Integral Design, Jukova, Margon, Polmor, RIPCO, Romay, Siemens Transportation, Supersteel, TZV, Unipart Rail, Wabtec, Wissmann, DB Cargo, East Midland Trains, Abellio Greater Anglia, Arriva Trains Wales, East Coast Main Line, Eurostar, First Great Western, Focon, Grand Central Railway, Julien Rail, Jones Nuttall, Petards, Passcomm, SNCB, TRB, ViaRail, RVEL, IFE, KnorrBremse, Progress Rail, SAPA, SBB, LUL, Nabtesco, Eurostar, GAI-Tronics, Lordgate Engineering.

Pickersgill-Kaye also works with various railway technical consultants and train operating companies.

Rail contracts

PK has supplied products for all UK and Ireland mainline vehicle builds along with various other worldwide rail vehicle builds, the details for which are available on request.

Emergency Hammer Boxes

Pickersgill-Kaye developed an emergency hammer box, which was fitted throughout the new Virgin Cross Country trains built by Bombardier Transportation. We have also supplied products for the Siemens (UK) Desiro fleets and on Brussels Metro projects.

Locomotive Door Locks

Pickersgill-Kaye is extremely experienced in the manufacture of rolling stock locking systems, and has been working with them for over 100 years.

Passenger Emergency Talkback Units

Pickersgill-Kaye supplied passenger emergency alarm units for the London Underground Jubilee and Northern Line contracts. The units are wall mounted devices for passenger to driver emergency communication.

Toilet Door Locks

Pickersgill-Kaye supplies toilet door locks to a huge amount of rolling stock, and has done since the 19th century.

Underframe Skirt Panel Locks

Pickersgill Kaye's skirt panel locks were originally fitted to the Alstom classes 465 and 466 electric multiple units (EMUs) built in 1992, and are also fitted to the Cl 390 Alstom Pendolino trains used in the West Coast Main Line franchise.

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Pickersgill-Kaye Upgrade Creates Bigger Platform for Rail R&D Facilities

Creating a unique lock manufacturing hub dedicated to the global rail industry and upgrading the facilities to the world-class standards synonymous with ASSA ABLOY Group’s pursuit of operational excellence are the driving factors behind the ongoing investment in Pickersgill-Kaye’s Leeds site.

Class of 66 Earns Pickersgill-Kaye Repeat Business

The UK's leading rail freight operator DB Cargo UK turned again to Pickersgill-Kaye's engineering capabilities for the rail industry when its original fleet of Class 66 locomotives needed new cab door locks.

Building a Centre of Excellence for Rail at Pickersgill-Kaye

Pickersgill-Kaye's facility in Leeds is undergoing a major redevelopment, as owner ASSA ABLOY's significant investment plans for turning the Yorkshire lock maker into a specialist production base for the rail industry gathers pace.

Pickersgill-Kaye Primed to Secure Bigger Share of Rail Market

Pickersgill-Kaye, which became a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited from February 2017, has reported export sales for 2016 of £665,977 - with growing orders from the global rail sector for its emergency override mechanisms, safety critical solutions and train locking equipment.

Pickersgill-Kaye on Track to Become a Centre of Excellence for Rail Sector

Lock maker Pickersgill-Kaye, which became a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited from February 1 2017, is set to become a specialist production base for the rail industry following the announcement of significant new investment in the Yorkshire business by the owner and global leader in door opening solutions.

Pickersgill-Kaye Clinches Another Major Order from Hitachi

Pickersgill-Kaye has won another significant order from Hitachi Rail Europe to manufacture emergency door handles, this time for the fleet of AT300 bi-mode electric/diesel trains being built for Great Western Railway.

Exports Break Million Pound Barrier at Pickersgill-Kaye

UK lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye has passed the million pound barrier for overseas sales as 2015 proved another profitable year for the company, boosted by significant orders for its train locking products from South East Asia and cell door locks and hatches for custodial facilities in the Republic of Ireland.

Pickersgill-Kaye on Track to Break Into Rail Market Down Under

Pickersgill-Kaye is expanding its sales activities into Australia and The Pacific after generating enquiries by joining the successful UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) Northern Powerhouse trade mission to AusRail PLUS 2015, the largest rail trade show in the region.

RVEL makes use of Pickersgill-Kaye’s Lock Manufacturing Expertise

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd's rail expertise has helped an engineering company completely re-build the cab layout of a 50-year-old locomotive as part of a modernisation project to return the vehicles to service as an electro-diesel maintenance fleet for Network Rail.

Pickersgill-Kaye Locks Receive Worldwide Sales Enquiries at Show

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd's ongoing export drive has been given a major boost, with the manufacturer of high-security and custodial products reporting encouraging sales enquiries from overseas after displaying its range of locks and hatches at the Home Office's 2015 Security & Policing Exhibition in Farnborough.

Major Export Breakthrough Boosts Pickersgill-Kaye

Supplying cell door locks for the custodial suite of the first railway satellite police station on the route of the new Hong Kong-China express Rail Link is another major breakthrough during a successful year for lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye.

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China Boost for Pickersgill-Kaye’s Custodial Products

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Major Software System Investment for Pickersgill-Kaye

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Pickersgill-Kaye Securing Overseas Sales

Leeds lock manufacture Pickersgill-Kaye has posted sales of more than £2.25m for the year ending November 2013, of which 34% (£783,000) was export business, the biggest proportion of total sales the company has ever achieved.

Product Launch and Management Reshuffle at Pickersgill-Kaye

Joseph Kaye Holdings, the parent company of leading lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye, has announced that Peter Murphy will take on the joint role of chairman and managing director following the retirement of long-serving Brian Cooper who now plans to spend more time with his family and to travel.

Pickersgill-Kaye’s Excellent Track Record Secures New Orders

Demand for Pickersgill-Kaye's rail products continues apace, with Irish Rail and a North American supplier (cannot be named for contractual reasons) the latest train companies to boost the firm's export order book for its standard locomotive cab door locks.

Pickersgill-Kaye Secures Two Counties Order for Security Locks

Leading lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye has successfully installed locks at six separate custodial facilities as part of a ground-breaking Private Finance Initiative (PFI) scheme for the new Two Counties Police Investigation Centres (PICs) in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Management Reshuffle at Pickersgill-Kaye

Peter Murphy will take on the joint role of Chairman and Managing Director at Pickersgill-Kaye's parent company, Joseph Kaye Holdings, following the retirement of long-serving Brian Cooper who now intends to spend more time with his family and to travel.

New Rail Leaflets Now Available

Pickersgill has a long history of supplying the rail sector. Our new leaflets for our latest products are now available to download from our website.

Our Custodial Locking Systems Go On Show

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Unlocking Manufacturing Excellence

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Chinese Enthralled by Pickersgill-Kaye’s Lock Making Excellence

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Local MP Presents Award to Leeds Engineering Company

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Pickersgill-Kaye Response to the Cullen Report

The Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry Report by Lord Cullen was published by the Health and Safety Executive on 19 June 2001. In response to the publication of the Cullen Report, Pickersgill-Kaye Limited (PK) have decided to increase awareness within the Rail Industry of the various PK product develo


Pepper Road


West Yorkshire

Leeds LS10 2PP

United Kingdom