London Midland’s trains sparkle thanks to pioneering liquid glass technology
Tuesday 8, June 2010
London Midland is using pioneering liquid glass technology to help its trains sparkle, while protecting the environment. A thin coating of liquid glass – 500 times thinner than a human hair – is being applied to trains at London Midland’s Tyseley depot in Birmingham to produce surfaces that are easier to clean and highly durable.
The rail operator is the first train company in the UK to use the new technology, produced by Nanopool, which can be applied to most surfaces and lasts around one year per application.
Engineering director, Mac Mackintosh, said: “It’s made a real impact and we’re impressed. The trains are noticeably brighter and easier to clean.”
The Nanopool coating has also lead to a dramatic reduction in the amount of water and cleaning chemicals used in train cleaning, benefitting the wider environment and making the trains both cleaner and greener.
Nanopool’s UK Project Manager, Neil McClelland, said: “London Midland have managed the project in a highly professional and focussed manner. Their goal was to create a cleaning and maintenance system which was eco friendly, enhanced the appearance of the trains and was low cost.
They should be applauded for being innovators in the field of train maintenance.”
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