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FEATURE Winter Is Coming


With the nights drawing in and the days getting colder, winter is almost upon us. James Lomas, Sales Manager at Arrow Solutions, observes the best ways in which train operating companies (TOCs) can prepare for winter.


In Britain it's a common joke that all it takes is a snowflake or a couple of drops of rain for our train network to be brought to a standstill. In reality, as with other methods of transport, it's only very severe weather conditions that catch train operators out. The key to winter is preparation.


In 2010, Britain and Ireland were on the receiving end of the coldest winter since Met Office records began in 1910. The lowest recorded temperature in England that winter was


34


-19°C. To put this in to perspective, that’s about the same temperature as a mild autumn at the North Pole.


As you can imagine, that winter saw severe disruption to all aspects of UK travel, whether road, rail or sky. For train operating companies the key to winter is preparation and a healthy respect for the elements. Above all however, having the right tools in the locker is absolutely essential to help combat whatever the weather throws at you.


Maintaining a train in winter is very similar to maintaining a car. There are two major things that you don't want to be caught short without when the temperatures drop; screen wash and de-icer. Here are some tips about both.


Screen wash Screen wash keeps windscreens clear of dirt, grime and insects, and is integral in running a vehicle safely. Maintaining good visibility is essential, and yet, how many times have you


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