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Rail Vehicle Door Locks

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

Pickersgill-Kaye manufactures carriage door slam locks, striking plates and handles, cab door locks and internal door locks for railway vehicles.
Pickersgill-Kaye’s internal door locks are used in rail vehicle toilets, cab/saloons, parcel areas, inter car connecting doors, emergency cupboards and budget locks.
Pickersgill-Kaye’s more recent products for the railway industry include LED cant rail lights, LED indicators, secondary locking systems, strasbourg tram cab door equipment and passenger emergency alarm/talkback units.
Pickersgill-Kaye’s assembly capabilities include mechanical, electro-mechanical and repair / rebuild.

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.

Press Releases


  • West Coast Main Line

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  • Copenhagen Metro, Light Rail and Metro Project, Denmark

    Denmark's capital city, København (Copenhagen), took light rail and metro technology to another level in October 2002 by opening an extensive system capable of being operated entirely without drivers. The project gained momentum through the area to be covered not being on the city's S-tog suburban heavy rail network.

  • Gatwick Express

    Gatwick Express, the first dedicated city centre to airport rail link in the UK, has undergone a major service transformation with the introduction of a fleet of brand new trains at the end of 2000. However, February 2006 saw the UK Government announce its likely demise because it is using up valuable line capacity.

  • Strasbourg Light Rail Extension, France

    As a major administrative centre of the European Community, Strasbourg in eastern France began moves early in 1989 to create a public transport system which would be appropriate to its position at the hub of the continent.

  • London Underground Jubilee Line

    Construction of the extension of London Underground's Jubilee Line from Green Park, through south London and Docklands to Stratford, proved a troublesome project.

  • Network Rail

    Established in March 2002, Network Rail (NR) took over ownership and responsibility for the rail infrastructure of Engla

Pepper Road
West Yorkshire
Leeds LS10 2PP
United Kingdom

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