Rail Yard Equipment and Wash Plants: Introduction

Rail Yard Equipment and Wash Plants: Introduction

When it comes to state-of-the-art equipment usage, rail yards, depots, workshops and wash plants are at the cutting edge of available technology.

Among the many deployments of this equipment, handling and controlling systems capable of heavy lifting for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of rolling stock lead the way.

Used by locomotives, passenger cars, and ancillary vehicles, compromising on the quality of the equipment is not an option, making it of paramount importance that the best available is put into operation. As any rail equipment company can attest, quality, safety, and performance are both important and inseparable.

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Within the railway technology arena innovation is a constant driver. From the overall technological advances in hardware to the use of the Internet of Things across the industry, it is an ever-present component for advancements in this sector. 

This is something we have delved into with greater detail in our dedicated railway technology white paper.

Beyond this, it is worth examining and detailing what else creates, shapes, and ultimately determines the evolving landscape of railway technology, rail yard equipment, and all things wash plant-related.

Wash Systems: Introduction

For both mobile and so-called pass-through wash systems, fully automated trains are part of the process.

The quality of the equipment used here is vital to effectively remove dust, greasy dirt, and stains to keep rolling stock. It is designed to keep machines and systems hygienic and in good working condition.

For equipment manufacturers, demonstrating their experience in the sector is key.

As part of our in-depth industry content, we have researched the leading manufacturers and suppliers of railway yard and wash systems equipment, information which is included in our Global Data Buyer’s Guide section.

Railyard Equipment Top Industry Supplier Information

Railway Technology has listed leading manufacturers and suppliers of yard equipment and wash plants based on its experience in the sector. Included in this list are industry suppliers that produce a wide range of products.

Important equipment such as bogie drop systems, railway maintenance vehicles, test rigs, mechanical lifting and handling systems form major parts of the supply chain contract fulfillment requirements.

 Additionally, component cleaning machines, sanding systems, and automatic train wash plants form a central part of railyard equipment technology.

When it comes to railyard equipment suppliers, manufacturers and products, the team at GlobalData has done their research. Downloading our Railyard Equipment document gives you access to a wealth of important industry information.

Making informed decisions on railyard equipment companies, manufacturers, and the products they offer is of paramount importance.

GlobalData has ensured that our industry-focused content is relevant and instructive to a range of railyard equipment stakeholders across the sector. From railway operators to procurement officers, mechanical engineers to railway depot managers and technicians, the information is on point.

Whether you are involved in the acquisition, operation and maintenance of rail yard equipment or wash plants or are a decision maker for purchasing, this document is for you.

Yard Equipment and Wash Plants for Railways

It may seem axiomatic, but there are many moving parts involved in the railyard equipment and wash plants industry. Though this is not a conclusive list, the overall equipment for railway yards and cleaning systems includes, but are not limited to:

  • Railway depot and workshop equipment
  • Industrial doors for train and tram maintenance depots
  • Lubricating oil and coolant systems, fueling installations, and train controlled-emission toilets (CET)
  • Train wash systems and locomotive washers
  • Non-hazardous surface cleaners, graffiti removers and degreasers
  • Washers and degreasers for automatic parts

Railway Tools and Equipment for Yards

One of the primary activities of any railyard equipment company is providing the correct instructions regarding industry standards for equipment maintenance.

In the case of ‘rolling stock’ maintenance, one of the ongoing responsibilities of rail yards and workshops, a wide range of tools and equipment is usually installed.

These include working platforms, required to be set to industry safety standards, advanced handling systems and industrial rail lifting jacks.

In addition, the use of bogie drop tables and undercarriage handling and lifting systems is also pivotal, as is the use of train traversers.

Rail Yard Equipment Customisation

On a purely technical level, the importance of rail yard equipment customization cannot be overstated.

Key to ensuring high levels of automation alongside customization for rail yard equipment is the ability for all hardware in operation to withstand rigorous workload conditions. On a fiscal level, the benefit is increasing the time this equipment can remain in active usage and thus maximizing the time between buying and requiring replacements.

This is of particular importance to professionals involved in the costing, efficiency rating, and procurement of rail yard equipment.

Our detailed rail yard company and rail yard equipment, specifically rolling stock and support systems documentation is available to download, containing important data surrounding all this.

Customisation allows companies to increase the lifespan of their rolling stock and all railyard equipment, as well as ensuring reduced maintenance times and long-term maintenance costs. On a fiscal as well as pragmatic level, the importance of buying from an industry-leading rail yard equipment company is axiomatic.

Rail Yard Equipment Company: Facts and Figures

Within the railyard industry there is a plethora of elements that comprise the sector. Manufacturing, sales, operations, and railyard equipment technology are included in that list.

Railyard technology, and the production of rail yard equipment is an important contributor to the global economy, as well as being a significant part of the GDP for many industrialised and developing nations.

With rolling stock and railway infrastructure manufacturing accounting for the majority of rail yard equipment, global competition is febrile.

Globally, the most productive and profitable rail yard equipment and rolling stock companies include:

  • CRRC Corporation Ltd.
  • Alstom
  • CAF, Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles, S.A.
  • Hyundai Rotem Company
  • CJSC Tramsmasholding (TMH)
  • Stadler Rail AG
  • Siemens
  • Hitachi
  • Bombardier
  • Wabtec
  • Toshiba
  • Kawasaki

As of 2023, the Global Railroad Equipment Market Size was said to have a value of around USD 75 Billion, with an upward fiscal trajectory.

Global Rail Yard Equipment: Growth and Technology Overview

According to industry forecasts, the rail yard equipment sector and market could enjoy growth that takes it to approximately USD 94 Billion in the next seven years. That represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of approximately 3%.

With global fuel prices rising sharply, affected by everything from geopolitics to energy security restrictions, the global transportation industry is taking note.

Along with increased rail freight transportation, the market for rail yard equipment and rolling stock is on the rise.

In regional terms, Asia-Pacific is one of the fastest-growing areas for the manufacturing, procurement, and usage of rail yard equipment and rolling stock.

With an expanding railway sector in each nation, both India and China are increasingly seen as the most lucrative and important for railway industry equipment and technology.

In terms of technology, this is critical for rail networks in terms of passenger information systems, signaling, traction, train control systems, and overall network and station operations.

The digitalisation of the industry has made them vulnerable to cyberattacks, attributed to factors such as increased connectivity with the digital systems, increased signaling network connectivity, distributed architecture, supply chain diversity, and more.

For more on the specifics of cybersecurity companies providing software across the railway technology sector, please download our informative and detailed white paper.

Rail Yard Equipment Technology Landscape: Cybersecurity

Railway infrastructure such as passenger information systems, signaling, traction, and train control systems, and stations remain potentially at high risk of cybercrimes.

The digitalisation of the industry has made them vulnerable to cyberattacks, attributed to factors such as increased connectivity with the digital systems, increased signaling network connectivity, distributed architecture, supply chain diversity, and more.

Efficient cybersecurity solutions for railway systems can offer real-time alerts and continuous monitoring.  This allows full visibility to the railway operators across the systems and enables them to rapidly ward off any potential threat.

Continuous detection of threats together with actionable insights will empower operators to review alerts and implement necessary actions.

Discover the leading cybersecurity companies in the railway industry

Using its experience in the sector, Railway Technology has listed some of the leading companies providing products and services related to cybersecurity.

The information provided in the download document is drafted for railway executives and technology leaders involved in rail cybersecurity solutions.

The download contains detailed information on suppliers and their product offerings, alongside contact details to aid purchasing or hiring decisions.

Technologies supporting cybersecurity in the railway industry

Technologies such as smart ticketing systems, passenger information systems, freight information and analytics, and solutions, such as automatic stock management and fleet monitoring, support the deployment of cybersecurity solutions and services in the railway industry to prevent cyberattacks.

Government initiatives to develop smart digitalised and connected railways systems, as well as growing expansions, and joint ventures are driving the railway cybersecurity market.

Necessity of cybersecurity in railway modernisation projects

The anticipated lifecycle of the railway system is way longer than the lifecycles of the multiple technologies utilised to develop the entire system.

Several generations of technologies are required to be integrated and secured to ascertain the security of the entire system.

The secure development lifecycle (SDLC) and vulnerability management lifecycle need to be implemented in the existing architecture to overcome potential cybersecurity challenges.

Cybersecurity will span across different phases, such as manufacturing, testing, commissioning, supply, installation, maintenance, as well as decommissioning and disposal, to ensure security throughout the lifecycle.

Faster connectivity in real-time will result in the generation, processing, and analysis of an enormous amount of data. Cybersecurity will play a critical part in the secured digital transformation of the railway industry.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Rail Yard Equipment and Networks

AI and data analytics are influencing the modeling, design, and modification of the infrastructure being constructed in diverse terrain and climatic conditions. AI-powered video analytics have also enhanced safety and security capabilities.

Discover the leading AI companies in the railway industry

Using its experience in the sector, Railway Technology has listed some of the leading companies providing products and services related to AI.

The information provided in the download document is drafted for railway executives and technology leaders involved in railway AI solutions.

Our GlobalData Railway AI Companies download contains detailed information on suppliers and their product offerings, alongside contact details to aid purchasing or hiring decisions.

AI has been incorporated into the systems and applications to improve the productivity and safety of the railway industry with several autonomous operations. It can help in boosting revenue and reducing costs.

AI is turning computing systems to be more space-efficient and more powerful which is addressing the space limitation of the rail industry.

AI-enabled devices and services are exponentially increasing the amount of data produced in the industry, which helps in improving safety, customer experience, and profits.

AI can be used for pandemic protection as it can monitor face mask usage and other safety standards compliance at railway stations or on trains, reducing public health risks.

Potential Applications of AI in Railway Technology

Chatbots or humanoid robots can offer AI-powered customer service in high-traffic stations through AI-based technologies such as speech-to-text and natural language processing.

They will interact with the passengers and address their requests and queries, freeing up staff members to look into other requirements.

Advancements in AI-automated rail systems can improve rail synchronization, real-time data exchange, and operational safety.

Biometric ticketing based on fingerprints, retina scans, and other features will make the onboarding processes swift and more accurate.

AI in railways will also help in managing crowds, predicting delay time, and monitoring cargo and infrastructure.

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