Ricardo congratulates Northern on launch of digitally enhanced Class 158 train
Part of an upgrade programme supported by Ricardo Rail, the new Class 158 boasts on-board digital enhancements such as at-seat USB charging sockets and Wi-Fi
The first refurbished Class 158 entered into full service this month on the route between Leeds and Lincoln and will soon be followed by more than 240 refurbished trains from across Northern’s fleet, including Class 150, 155 and 319 sets.
Ricardo has supported Northern’s rolling stock refurbishment programme since 2016, providing system integration services from the concept design stage through to detailed design and installation. To deliver the full scope of works, a multi-disciplinary team was brought together – including rolling stock engineers, human factors specialists and EMC experts – to compile and produce the necessary technical designs and reports. These included initial installation concepts, design risk assessments, electrical schematics and wiring diagrams, as well as final drawings and documentation such as Modification Procedures and Maintenance Bulletins. Ricardo also carried out the approvals process, validating the systems and the design integration.
This Ricardo assistance helped ensure the new onboard digital systems – including CCTV, Wi-Fi, Passenger Counting, Passenger Media Information, Forward Facing Cameras and provision for a Driver Advisory System – were integrated into a single Ethernet-based onboard network. This was to help minimize the number of antennae, communications hardware and sub- components, and enable single sign-on to activate the systems.
“We are extremely proud to be playing such a key role in this project for Northern,” said Olivier André, MD, consulting, Ricardo Rail. “This project requires the involvement of specialist experts who can apply their domain knowledge whilst maintaining a focus on the full-system requirements. We are one the few organizations with the scale and capabilities to maintain a systems engineering mindset across such a technically challenging assignment, and we look forward to helping Northern deliver the full refurbishment programme and hope its passengers continue to be impressed by the quality of these refurbished vehicles.”
Ricardo’s teams will continue to support Northern’s refurbishment programme, helping to ensure these enhancements are rolled across other vehicles in the fleet – applying adaptations to the designs as necessary – and help the operator deliver an improved service for passengers across the routes it serves.