Rail Industry Fabricator | Metalwork for Rolling Stock

Manufacturing for the Rail Industry

Hydram Sheet Metalwork supplies metal components and fabrications to companies in the aerospace, bus and coach industries, and has been working with rail trackside equipment (location cases/cabinets, LOCs) and rolling stock manufacturers since 2012.  As a leading sheet metal rail industry fabricator, Hydram has the experience, expertise and capacity to handle significant contracts direct from tier 1 manufacturers.  Hydram supplies metalwork for rolling stock, both for train car interiors and exterior subassemblies.

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Supplying precision sheet metal fabrications to the rail industry

In 2016, Hydram was selected by Hitachi Rail Europe to supply metal fabrications for the Intercity Express Programme.  Along side this project Hydram secured further work from Hitachi including the Scotrail Franchise project.  In total, Hydram supplied more than 1,000 different parts and assemblies to Hitachi Europe and Italy.

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Supplying the Intercity Express Programme (IEP)

For IEP, Hitachi Rail Europe was contracted to build 866 carriages for the UK Class 800/801 trains for the Great Western and East Coast main lines. The majority of components supplied by Hydram for the IEP are for the carriage interiors, including hand poles, painted interior panels and various bracketry and exterior under-floor assemblies – quality products, many supplied to a class ‘A’ surface finish.

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Hydram and Hitachi Collaboration

Hitachi Rail’s success with the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) helped to create a supply chain of over 1,400 suppliers, including over 130 suppliers directly in the North East.

Hydram Engineering worked with Hitachi Rail winning a contract to supply over 1,500 components and assemblies.

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Metalwork for Rolling Stock Projects

Since successfully bidding for work on the flagship IEP project, rail industry fabricator Hydram has been involved in the following rolling stock projects, fabricating both interior and exterior metalwork:

  • Hitachi Rail Europe – Intercity Express Programme (East Coast)
  • Hitachi Italy – Intercity Express Programme (West Coast)
  • Hitachi Rail Europe – Abellio ScotRail Class 385 EMUs
  • Hitachi Rail Europe – Abellio East Midlands Railway Bimode Class 810
  • Hitachi Rail Europe – First Group East Coast Open Access Class 803
  • Alstom – Greater Anglia Aventra Class 720
  • Alstom – South Western Railway Aventra Class 701
  • Alstom – West Midlands Trains Aventra Class 730
  • Alstom – c2c Aventra Class 720
  • CAF – KeolisAmey Wales and Borders Civity Class 197
  • Siemens – Mireo
  • and more…
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Trackside Railway Fabrications

Hydram fabricates metal boxes, metal cabinets, metal enclosures, heavy-duty railway location cases (LOCs), trackside equipment cases, pedestals and other railway metalwork for signalling installations in the UK.

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Rail Industry Fabricator | Metwork Capabilities

Metal fabrication company Hydram Sheet Metalwork has extensive in-house manufacturing capabilities, ranging from flatbed and tubular laser cutting through to welding, fabrication, powder coating and assembly.

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Adhesive Bonding – Rail Industry

Hydram holds EN 17460 / DIN 6701 accreditation for the use of adhesive bonding in the manufacture of rail vehicles and parts of rail vehicles.

EN 17460 (formerly DIN 6701) comprises a comprehensive set of rules for quality assurance in the field of bonding and adhesives use in the rail vehicle industry.

Companies have to demonstrate safe use of the full potential of adhesive bonding technology, holding officially recognised qualifcations in adhesive bonding, a suitable quality management system, documentation for key bonded joints, suitable workplaces and many others.

EN 17460 / DIN 6701 Information >

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Coded Welding for the Rail Industry

Hydram is amongst only a limited number of UK companies certified to BS EN 15085-2  Class 1 – the Certification for Welding of Railway Vehicles and Components (CWRVC).  Hydram’s coded welders, procedures and techniques are regularly assessed by a third party accreditation body to assure customers that the necessary welding quality management processes are in place to consistently produce high quality welded products.  This is particularly important in guaranteeing welding quality in the production of railway vehicles and components.

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Quality Certification

The diversity of the metal products and components manufactured for various transport industries requires the full range of Hydram Sheet Metalwork’s equipment and flexibility as well as stringent quality standards.

Hydram is certified to the following quality standards:

  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Standard
  • ISO 3834-2 Welding Standard
  • BS EN 15085-2 CL1 CWRVC Welding Standard
  • EN 17460 / DIN 6701 standard for adhesive bonding in rail industry
  • ISO 14001 Environmental Standard

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Sheet Metal Fabrication Company

Hydram is a highly experienced supply chain partner, with an established and enviable reputation in the subcontract precision sheet metal fabrication marketplace in the UK, with over a decade of experience in the rail rolling stock industry.

Since 1977 it has worked closely with customers to establish long-term partnerships, developing its sheet metal fabrication expertise, maintaining multiple quality, ISO, and associated accreditations, and grown to be a leading subcontract fabrication company and expert in sheet metal manufacturing.

With a culture based on customer satisfaction, Hydram Sheet Metalwork strives for maximum productivity, quality and level of service whilst maintaining competitive prices through continuous improvement initiatives.

Contact Hydram’s sales engineers to discuss how this rail industry fabrication company can help with your project.