Porterbrook launched its Innovation Hub at RailLive 2019.

The train provides a unique platform for over 25 suppliers to display their innovative products covering such areas as:
• Improved passenger facilities (i.e.wireless table charging and temperature monitoring)
• New uses of data and connectivity (new ethernet backbone system)
• System monitoring (passenger counting and advanced telemetry)

The Innovation Hub was created by re-purposing a former Thameslink train, which is now on long-term display at the Long Marston site.

HGI was instrumental in discussing the requirements using their local expertise and in house engineering capabilities, commissioning a 100kVA , 650V generator at their site and shipping it to site all within a short window.

Once it was on site HGI engineers and customer support team provided end to end support to help with the technical interfacing of the generator to the train and helped to ensure that it was suitably safe and grounded.

Colin Musisi, Development Engineer at Porterbrook, said bringing HGI’s experience in to power the train on display was the start of a great working relationship between the two companies. He said: ‘The launch of the Innovation Hub shows Porterbrook’s confidence in, and support for the UK’s rolling stock supply chain. Many of the products on display have been developed by SMEs, a sector of the market that we are particularly keen to support. The Innovation Hub needed a custom power solution designed with the knowledge, training, installation and backup to compliment it. We were pleased to be able to work with HGI and their support helped the launch of the Innovation Hub run smoothly.’

Martyn Drinkwater, Business Development Manager of HGI Generators, said: ‘We are proud to be able to provide Porterbrook with the quality and durability required to meet their demands at this crucial launch. Using our vast knowledge in the rail sector, we were able to use part of our design, build and install skillset to provide a generator to meet their specification. This project represents another step forward for two of the UK’s market
leaders, pushing the boundaries in the UK rail industry.’