Virgin Trains – Pendolino Traction Upgrade

The complete fleet of Pendolino tilting trains required an upgrade of the traction electronics to improve reliability.

What we did
  • 5000 Printed Circuit Boards.
  • 100 boards were modified per day.
  • 24 hour shift pattern.
  • Tight deadlines were achieved.
  • 3 months to complete

In total there were over 5000 Printed Circuit Boards requiring modification by TP Matrix.
Each night after the trains had completed their daily service, the traction electronics were removed by the main contractor Alstom Transport and collected by TP matrix in the early morning. Each day a total of 100 boards were modified, tested and returned to the depot to be fitted back into the trains ready for public service the day after. A 24 hour shift pattern was introduced to ensure the tight deadlines were achieved.
The whole program took just 3 months to complete, Alstom Transport and TP Matrix were highly praised for their success.


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