Imagine the railway system as an elaborate symphony – a harmonious blend of science, technology, and brilliant engineering. Or, as Alexander Graham Bell once said, “Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds.” It’s a sector that fosters collaboration, a testament to human ingenuity. At the heart of this symphony, you’ll find railway engineering, an intriguing field combining civil, mechanical, and electrical engineering with architecture, geography, and even a sprinkle of archaeology.

The Road to the Railway

Railway engineering isn’t just about trains. It’s the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of railway systems. It’s about creating solutions to transport millions of passengers and tonnes of freight every day while ensuring safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

But how does one get a foot in the door of this exciting industry? As with any symphony, the composition begins with learning the notes. Whether through degrees in engineering disciplines, higher national diplomas, or even through apprenticeships, there are countless paths into railway engineering.

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PRV – The Conductor of the Railway Orchestra

As Thomas Edison said, “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.” True to these words, PRV has consistently discovered and provided what the railway industry needs. From High Voltage Switchgear, Rail Products, to Busbars and customised engineering services, PRV Engineering has crafted a niche as one of the UK’s most reliable providers.

Our contribution to the industry is unmistakable. We’re proud of our collaborations with Network Rail and Transport for London. We’re excited by our involvement in several projects where we’ve supplied crucial equipment and services for large engineering project across the country.

The PRV Edge in Railway Engineering

PRV has always been at the cutting edge of railway engineering, adopting innovative technology while remaining grounded in proven engineering principles. It’s an approach that’s seen us make strides in High Voltage Switchgear provision. These devices are essential in protecting electrical circuits from damage due to overloads or short circuits, and our commitment to quality ensures these components perform flawlessly.

We’re not just about switchgear. Our extensive range of rail products has made us a trusted partner for many in the industry. We’ve engineered innovative solutions for projects big and small, from complex rail vehicle equipment to essential trackside components, including:

  • Small switch contacts
  • Wheels and axle
  • Gantries
  • Support columns for electrical installations
  • Cables and pipework
  • Custom enclosures
  • Container conversions for generator soundproofing applications

Combine all of this with our involvement in overhead line equipment and it becomes evident that we enjoy a successful alliance with the rail network and its suppliers.

Beyond the Tracks: Busbars and More

PRV’s expertise doesn’t stop at the tracks. We’re a leading provider of busbars, essential components in power supply systems. Our bespoke designs have powered systems across the UK, a testament to our commitment to engineering excellence. What exactly are busbars you ask?

They are copper or aluminium conductors connected to electrical equipment for the distribution of power. They’re ideal for applications requiring multiple connections, allowing users to conserve space while having the flexibility and reliability of a robust electrical solution.

Our busbar solutions come in all shapes and sizes, designed as per customer requirements with options such as pre-wired enclosures, mounting brackets, compression lugs, and even flexible busbars. We also provide ancillary services like on-site installation and support if required.

Success Story: Claverham

PRV’s first foray into the railway sector happened through Claverham, a company with extensive experience in the aerospace industry. They came up with a groundbreaking set of electromechanical points and established a new division called IAD Rail Systems.

The goal was to develop, test, and install these products so Claverham reached out to PRV Engineering to assess the design and enhance the product’s value. The primary aim was to find ways to reduce engineering costs and make it more accessible to the railway sector.

Not only did PRV achieve the customer’s goals with great efficiency but also surpassed it. And guess what? They have been consistently manufacturing components for the past few years, which have been successfully installed at over 800 locations throughout the UK.

Quality is our top priority at PRVs. All products and services we offer are completed in accordance with the Quality Standard BS EN ISO 9001:2000 certification, covering all activities.

PRV Engineering Services – The Support Behind the Success

In the world of railway engineering, PRV is more than a provider. We’re a partner. Our comprehensive engineering services cover everything from design to manufacturing and installation. Our goal? To make the railway sector safer, more efficient, and ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

Our success is no accident. It’s the result of the same principles that have guided great innovators throughout history. As Nikola Tesla put it, “I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.”

We understand this thrill of creation, and it drives us to deliver nothing but the best in railway engineering. So, whether you want a career in railway engineering or you’re an industry veteran looking for a trusted provider, contact PRV Engineering for more information or to get a quote.