Some years ago FOGTEC set up its own specialist rolling stock division, Rail Systems, which is based on its extensive expertise in fire protection. The wide range of customised high-pressure water mist technology solutions that FOGTEC had created for a number of different industries meant that it already had access to high-quality components and a solution-oriented team.
Rolling stock fire-protection
Today, FOGTEC, with its Rail Systems team, is one of the leading providers of fire protection solutions for rolling stock. Its service portfolio includes full service solutions, from consultancy work, the supply of components and complete systems to the installation and maintenance of fire protection systems.
Fire protection with FOGTEC Rail Systems provides:
Reduced business interruption costs
Greater availability of rolling stock
Lower insurance costs
More flexible construction
Shorter implementation times
Compliance with approval requirements
Enabling of cross-border traffic
Comprehensive rolling stock fire-protection solutions
A comprehensive approach is crucial to ensure the successful implementation of all fire protection projects. The FOGTEC Rail Systems team has established itself in the rolling stock industry by providing effective and economically viable system solutions.
FOGTEC Rail Systems
The range of services offered covers all important elements of fire detection and fire fighting technology, as well as additional products specifically designed for railway technology. This also covers such applications where more stringent demands need to be met (e.g. safety integrity levels).
Customised fire-protection systems
A vehicle-specific concept is produced in co-operation with the client after making a thorough assessment of the basic situation, the relevant approval issues and the advantages and disadvantages of individual solution approaches.
Feasibility is constantly evaluated even at this early stage of the project. Throughout the design phase, components can be brought together and optimised in order to reduce assembly costs to a minimum.
This is particularly relevant when it comes to the integration of fire protection components in other assembly groups and their interaction with each other. Integration into the relevant manufacturing process is carried out in close co-operation with the client.
Customised fire-detection modules and systems
Effective fire fighting is based on effective fire detection. FOGTEC offers both standardised fire detection modules and tailored systems to individual circumstances. Simple and economic monitoring solutions can be put in place as well as more challenging solutions for such applications as SIL.
System components such as smoke detectors, point and linear heat detectors, smoke aspirating systems and fire detection panels are available in a variety of technical designs.
Fire-detection system testing
Where required as part of the approval process, real fire tests can be carried out in the FOGTEC laboratories or smoke tests can be run in the actual vehicles. These tests provide the necessary evidence for the positioning of fire detector elements in different circumstances. This work is carried out on a regular basis in close co-operation with certifiers and authorities.
The installation of fire fighting systems has been proved to bring about a significant reduction in direct and indirect losses. Safety levels can be greatly improved for both operators and customers. In the long term this has a positive impact on rolling stock availability and the company balance sheet.
Depending on the risk levels involved, the requirements in terms of fire protection and the installation space available, FOGTEC can offer a range of fire fighting technologies, in particular FOGTEC high-pressure water mist and nitrogen systems. To prove their suitability, most systems are subjected to full-scale fire tests in the FOGTEC laboratories.
Rolling stock applications
FOGTEC Rail Systems solutions can be found in the most different applications in a multitude of vehicle types and concepts. In most cases, the areas where these systems are installed can be categorised as follows:
Engine rooms (diesel and electric locomotives)
Passenger carriages (local transport trains, mainline passenger cars and sleeper cars)
DMUs (powerpacks and generators)
Control boxes (high, medium and low voltage)
Hydraulic equipment (track-construction machinery and special vehicles)
For the public private partnership (PPP) project of the Reliance Rail Consortium (consisting of Downer EDI, ABN Ambro, Babcock & Brown and AMP Capital) for the public metropolitan and suburban commuter system in Sydney, the joint venture of the vehicle manufacturers Downer EDI Rail (Australia
Spanish rail vehicle manufacturer CAF has been awarded two contracts for the development, manufacture and delivery of 80 four-car regional trains (320 rail cars for Compania Paulista des Trenes Metropolitanos) as well as 17 six-car metropolitan trains (102 cars for Sao Paulo Metro) for local and
Swiss vehicle manufacturer Stadler continues to rise. Further orders could be secured for vehicles of the Flirt family to be operated in Hungary, Italy, Switzerland, France and Norway. Whereas vehicles ordered for delivery to France and Norway partly require new developments, vehicles
To comply with the comprehensive approval requirements of the Italian public authorities and corresponding regulations, Italian vehicle manufacturer Firema has trusted the technology of FOGTEC. In its projects for vehicle operators MCNE and SEPSA, Firema will use the fire alarm techno
Even before the Sprinter Light Trains from Bombardier were successfully put into operation by the national railway of the Netherlands, the operator called off further options. These follow-up orders ensure the regular supply of FOGTEC fire alarm systems of the 1000 series will be conti
The established fire alarm technology of the 1000 series for monitoring electrical equipment boxes will also be used for vehicles to be supplied by Bombardier to the city of Bursa. Some 146 vehicles for operator VGF in Frankfurt and a large number of vehicles of the Springer Light Trai
After FOGTEC Rail Systems equipped 13 local traffic trains of the ATR220 type with fire protection systems during the past two years, another 10 units for final stationing in the Italian region of Bari, eight three-car sets for Ferrovie Emilia Romagna and two two-car train units for northern Ital
As an extension to the module platform of the 3000 series, the system module Heating is now also available to take charge of the monitoring of the measuring sensors integrated in the fire suppression technology, and is able to trigger off follow-up reactions from the existing central alarm system