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Pickersgill-Kaye Rail Vehicle Door Locks

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.

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Press Release

Pickersgill-Kaye Safety System Keeps Railway Passengers Safe

Pickersgill-Kaye has been a key supplier in the rail industry for generations often winning repeat business, so when the firm’s safety equipment installed for British Rail decades ago needed upgrading the contractor looked no further than the original manufacturer.

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Pepper Road


West Yorkshire

Leeds LS10 2PP

United Kingdom

+44 113 277 5531 +44 113 276 0221 www.pkaye.co.uk

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Press Release

18 January 2019

Pickersgill-Kaye has been a key supplier in the rail industry for generations often winning repeat business, so when the firm’s safety equipment installed for British Rail decades ago needed upgrading the contractor looked no further than the original manufacturer.

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15 August 2018

TransPennine Express and Hull Trains have selected Pickersgill-Kaye’s safety critical equipment to be incorporated on a new fleet of rolling stock supplied by Hitachi Rail Europe.

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25 April 2018

Pickersgill-Kaye has won a contract to provide safety-critical equipment for the London Underground's Bakerloo line.

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3 April 2018

Pickersgill-Kaye’s workforce is being urged to eat Smarties, but the encouragement to feast on the popular sugar-coated chocolate confectionery is all in a good cause to help fundraising efforts by the lock manufacturer, a trading division of ASSA ABLOY Limited the global leader in door opening solutions, in support of the local Samaritans. 

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5 February 2018

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.

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23 November 2017

After more than 42 years’ service with Leeds-based lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye, general manager Peter Murphy has called time on a career that began as a student work placement in the summer of 1974, then progressing from an apprentice engineer to running the company before it was acquired by ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions.

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29 August 2017

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.

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21 July 2017

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.

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28 April 2017

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.

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23 February 2017

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.

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25 January 2017

Pickersgill-Kaye, part of ASSA ABLOY, the global leader in door opening solutions, has agreed a new contract with Hitachi Rail Europe to manufacture emergency door handles for the new 'Azuma' trains being built for Virgin Trains' East Coast Main Line services as part of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).

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23 October 2016

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.

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29 March 2016

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.

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13 March 2016

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd's experience and design capabilities in the global railway industry clinched an order to supply locomotive cab internal door locks for a leading rail freight company refurbishing a fleet of locomotives.

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6 March 2016

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.

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20 October 2015

ASSA ABLOY has acquired Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd, a leading company manufacturing and supplying locking solutions. The company is based in Leeds, has an annual turnover of approximately £4m, and employs 50 people.

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1 October 2015

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.

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1 October 2015

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.

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27 January 2015

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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4 December 2014

Pickersgill-Kaye, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-security locking systems has just received Loss Prevention Standard LPS 1175: Issue 7 - SR3 and SR4 security rating approval.

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8 October 2014

Pickersgill-Kaye has clinched its largest single order to manufacture emergency door handles for the Class 800 and 801 trains being supplied by Hitachi Rail Europe for the multibillion pound Intercity Express Programme (IEP), one of the biggest rail projects in the world.

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12 August 2014

Pickersgill-Kaye's high-security multipoint locks played a major part in a Warrior security door system, which foiled an armed robbery attempt in Birmingham by trapping the culprits as they tried to make their escape from a jewellery shop.

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10 July 2014

Pickersgill-Kaye has announced a new appointment as part of its ongoing investment in its employees, products and manufacturing systems in a move to help the company break into new markets and bring further customer benefits.

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18 June 2014

Lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye has announced a major breakthrough for the company after securing a deal to supply the 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.

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19 March 2014

Pickersgill-Kaye and sister company Pickersgills will benefit from significant investment being made by parent company, Joseph Kaye Holdings Group, in new software systems at its Leeds manufacturing plant that will help boost productivity and bring customer benefits.

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19 February 2014

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.

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19 November 2013

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.

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15 October 2013

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd's cell locks and hatches came under the national television spotlight in Channel 4's recent Cutting Edge documentary, Burgled, which focused on the efforts of West Yorkshire Police to tackle an epidemic of property break-ins.

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15 September 2013

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.

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27 August 2013

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.

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22 July 2013

Blackrock Garda Station in Dublin has undergone a refit using Pickersgill-Kaye's products as part of a cell modernisation programme in the Republic of Ireland.

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19 July 2013

Engineering expertise from Pickersgill Electroplating has played a major part in helping the Leeds Transport Historical Society (LTHS) to restore the city's sole surviving horse-drawn tram to its former glory.

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9 July 2013

Pickersgill Electroplating's powder coating expertise is playing a key role in helping a world leading manufacturer of emergency medical equipment bring to market ground-breaking, life-saving applications for improving patient care.

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4 July 2013

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.

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11 December 2012

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.

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3 December 2012

Last month we showcased our high quality and robust custodial locking systems and inspection hatches at the National Custody Officers' Seminar and Exhibition in Stoke-on-Trent, organised by the Police Federation of England and Wales.

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26 November 2012

To cope with a growing order book for its services, we have increased our transport fleet by investing in an additional Iveco seven-and-a-half tonne, curtain-sided truck and have plans to purchase more vehicles in the future.

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21 November 2012

Pickersgill Electroplating Ltd's powder coating expertise is being put to the test in some of the toughest industrial environments in the world and is passing with flying colours, according to a leading structural fabricator.

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31 May 2012

Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd has played a major manufacturing role in the new multi-million pound state-of-the-art custody suite thst has helped transform Pudsey Police Station into one of the most modern and secure in West Yorkshire.

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14 July 2010

Leading UK lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye Ltd's successful export drive into the Far East has been officially recognised after the company was chosen for a visit from a high-powered Chinese trade mission on a fact-finding tour. Several key figures from the Chinese Embassy, led by ec

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22 March 2010

Leading UK lock manufacturer Pickersgill-Kaye is targeting the global security and rail markets as part of a new export-driven initiative to boost its order books. The Leeds-based company already supplies the lion's share of door locks and security systems to the UK rail market but a gr

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31 January 2006

Railpart and Pickersgill-Kaye have joined forces to provide a world class supply service for Kaye products to the UK rail passenger rolling stock maintenance market. From the 1st February 2006 a range of Kaye spares products used for passenger rolling stock maintenance will be available

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5 November 2001

Leeds West MP John Battle presented a special award to the Yorkshire based railway parts engineering company, Pickersgill-Kaye, who employ 130 people locally, on the 5th November. The award certificate is in recognition of their successful participation in a Government initiative, the On

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12 July 2001

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

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Pepper Road


West Yorkshire

Leeds LS10 2PP

United Kingdom

+44 113 277 5531 +44 113 276 0221 www.pkaye.co.uk

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