Grand Central Trains 1st Class carriage refurbishment

Delivering a First Class rail interior carriage refurbishment for Grand Central

May 08, 2014

A few years ago we installed rail interior graphics to Grand Central’s trains with images of Marilyn Monroe on the bulkheads and board games on the table tops. However those carriages started to look a bit “old-fashioned” and needed a new look, so this year Grand Central asked us to replace the old with the new. But the scope of the work didn't stop at new graphics.

This exciting project demonstrated the full range of capabilities and professionalism we have within our rail implementation team. As with any project as extensive as this, we started by producing a detailed project management plan for the customer including timings, pricing and labour requirements. As well as providing specifications for equipment and advising the best products for the individual elements within the carriage.

The actual on-site refurbishment started with removing all the furniture, luggage racks, dado panels, pelmets as well as all the fixtures and fittings within the whole carriage. The removal and renovation of all these different elements meant that we had a range of experienced fitters to do each job. From electricians to carpet fitters we really showed our expertise in the rail sector.

It certainly was a top to bottom refurbishment with the ceilings being cleaned and painted, and carpet runners being removed and replaced, as well as grab handles being powder-coated and seats being recovered. The existing, now dated, graphics were removed from the bulkheads and table tops and replaced with new self-adhesive graphics. All windows were cleaned and frames freshly spray-painted. Lighting fixtures were cleaned and replaced, and new safety labels designed and applied. It took just 10 days from start to finish to complete the full refurbishment of a carriage interior.

This has been a very inspiring and rewarding project. The customer is extremely pleased with the work completed and a quality of finish that has exceeded their expectations. We will be moving on to the next phase of the rolling stock refurbishment programme in 2015.