Rail Depot Systems

Emeg Rail Depot Systems are able to offer the ‘ONE STOP SHOP’ from feasibility studies through design, installation and on to preventive and reactive maintenance.

Continually striving to be ‘THE CONTRACTOR’ of choice, we pride ourselves on our integrity, flexibility and delivery of quality schemes.

With an enviable reputation for setting the standard for others to follow.

Our philosophy is ‘DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT’

Emeg has the inhouse ability to provide complete turnkey packages for all Depot Systems including the following:

Carriage Wash Machines

Emeg has many years of experience in the design, build & installation of Train Wash Plants.

We can provide ‘Brush or Flail’ wash plants, tailored to suit depot operational requirements.

With our experienced knowledge in the Train Wash market, we guarantee our machines meet today’s railway cleaning standard.

We provide consultancy to guarantee the best solution for your needs and depot operation.

New flail cleaning technology for today’s modern fleet. Giving your trains that cleaner look and guaranteed extra long-life paint finish.

Controlled Emission Toilets

Modern trains are now equipped with toilet retention tanks that can be safely and hygienically emptied each night when they return to the depot via a Controlled Emission Toilet (CET) system.

Emeg has developed a CET system over many years to provide equipment and controls that enable an automated CET procedure. The automated CET system is not only easy to use but also straightforward to operate and provides operators with a clean working environment.

With the CET hoses connected to the train the operators can simply press the cycle start buttons in any order and the system will perform the CET cycle including flushing at each unit in the same sequence that the buttons were pressed.

safeNet Depot Protection System


Emeg safeNet Depot Protection System (DPS), a flexible user friendly intelligent network distribution system, protecting all depot staff and visitors safeNet DPS can interface with existing DPPS systems without the need for total replacement.

SafeNet ensures rail-vehicle movements in and out of depots are controlled with no risk to depot staff.



Due to the stricter emissions control that have been implemented throughout Europe some diesel trains are now opting to use an emission reduction solution (ERS) that converts the harmful exhaust gases into nitrogen and water.

Adblue is the trade name for an ERS and is sometimes referred to as DEF. It is not classed as dangerous but the urea solution is very polluting to surface water and groundwater which may poison and kill wildlife.



Emeg has the inhouse capability to design build and maintain complete fuel storage and dispensing systems.

Each design takes in to consideration not only the Client requirements and Network Rail standards but also the environmental hazards the system presents as each system must comply with the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

Automatic Sanding Systems

Sanding systems are used in rail vehicles to improve the friction between the wheel and track and each car is equipped with a sand box.

Emeg has the capability to design, build and maintain depot specific automatic sanding systems that are used by rail depots to fill the sanding boxes on their rolling stock.

Shore Supplies

Emeg has been designing, installing and maintaining Shore Supply systems for over 20 years and has numerous reference sites.

The reason Shore Supply systems are required in the first instance is that when there is a requirement to stable diesel trains overnight at a depot for servicing, then once the train has been serviced and has been through the carriage washing machine it has to be stabled in the sidings to enable the depots cleaning staff to clean the inside of the train.

Intelligent Depot Protection System

Introducing the Emeg safeNetTM

Uniquely, Emeg’s safeNetTM Depot Protection System can be configured to operate exactly in accordance with specific and unique depot operating procedures and practices, provided always that the resulting system is a safe solution.
Emeg’s safeNetTM Depot Protection System incorporates features such as bespoke software programming, automatic powered derailers / wheelstops, intelligent PLC controllers (ROLOs) with or without HMIs, a PC Head End (optional), individual data keys, train detection, visual and audible warning systems and a robust, reliable control network. One advantage of Emeg’s safeNetTM Depot Protection System is that each system is designed, manufactured, installed and can be maintained by Emeg’s own internal staff; no other system can offer these services and ongoing support.  

Features & Benefits

  • Diesel locomotive exhaust fume extract system.
  • Removes harmful fumes at the source.
  • HSG258 & HSG187 compliant. Extremely versatile – three
    axes of movement for maximum road coverage.
  • Manufactured from low toxicity composite moulded GRP to BS EN 45545 HL3 standards.
  • Lightweight GRP construction – suitable in OLE environments.
  • Bespoke wall or column mounted solutions available – no structural
  • Simple and efficient hand-held controller.
  • Fast and effective operation.
  • Efficient, low maintenance and compact design.
  • Double hood option available for twin exhaust.

Rail Depot Systems Case Studies

Howdon Satellite Depot

Howdon Satellite Depot

With the existing Nexus Metro depot at Gosforth, North Tyneside undergoing redevelopment works, Howdon needed to be brought online as an additional depot facility quickly and safely.

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Fuelling Facility – Croft Street, Preston Depot

Fuelling Facility – Croft Street, Preston Depot

The Northern Hub programme was developed to increase capacity, line speed and connectivity throughout the North West of England. Croft Street Depot, Preston is one of the f our Network Rail owned depots to be upgraded and have fuelling system installed

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