Refurbishment can achieve a number of objectives such as:
- Improving passenger comfort
- Altering operational characteristics
- Enhancing operational longevity
- Resolving safety issues
- Introducing more effective passenger information systems
- Increasing vehicle passenger capacity
- Standardising passenger fleet interiors and livery
During the last 15 years RPC Transport has participated both directly and as a subcontractor on many of the passenger railcar refurbishment programmes throughout Australia. Significant examples of these programmes include:
Double Deck Railcar Refurbishment Programme in NSW which was the largest refurbishment programme ever undertaken in Australia. RPC Technologies was a subcontractor to United Group Rail undertaking the complete dismantling, refurbishing and reassembly of all seats on 1,000 Railcorp double deck railcars including both suburban and intercity fleets.
Bayside and Hillside Comeng Car Refurbishment Programme in VIC which in total numbered 564 single deck passenger cars. RPC Transport was a subcontractor to Downer EDI Rail on the Bayside fleet supplying new seating, weather shields and front-ends to the Bayside project. In parallel, we were also a subcontractor to Alstom Transport in the supply of new seating, weather shields and GRP door motor covers to the Hillside project. RPC Technologies was also involved with the installation of many of these components.
XPT Intercity DMU Refurbishment Programme in NSW which required the complete revitalisation and re-engineering of luxury rotating and reclining seats on 66 trailer cars and 19 power cars. In addition to seating revitalisation the supply of 77 standard toilet modules, 9 disabled toilet modules and the replacement of 19 driver's desk units was also undertaken. RPC Technologies contracted directly to Railcorp on this refurbishment project.
RPC Transport is able to provide a full scope of refurbishment activities including:
- Conceptual development
- Detailed design (including FEA, drawing, testing, materials and component selection)
- Risk analysis
- Project management
With around 500 employees in the RPC Group, including a large number of engineering and project management staff, the most demanding of refurbishment programmes is able to be undertaken.