Product Development

At Clayton Equipment we specialise in manufacturing bespoke rail solutions, and our product range continuously evolves to incorporate the latest advances in performance, reliability and safety. In recent years, we have implemented a dedicated improvement programme which has delivered a number of key benefits to our customers. We thought it was time we shouted about it!

Product Development - Design

Locomotives – General Updates

  • Reduced maintenance frequency and costs
    • All locomotives are now fitted with long life rubber chevron suspension.
    • Axle box design has improved to reduce greasing, with the latest designs requiring none.
    • Safety and general warning labels are now durable vinyl. Should these need replacing, low cost kits are now available on the next day.
  • All electrical enclosures now have an improved water integrity design, typically IP65 or IP66.
  • Improved battery plug and sockets now provide quicker and safer connectivity.
  • All rail wheels are now mounted onto the axles with locking devices, to aid removal when worn.
  • White head lights and red marker lights, together with amber strobes when specified, are all LED. This ensures a long service life and for battery locomotives, reduces the drain on the capacity
  • Wide range of accessories are now available, such as document holders, automatic fire suppression systems, Water Less batteries and autofill systems.
  • Regenerative electric service braking, to help improve the mechanical brake life and overall driving control.

The appearance of our locomotives is also changing – with certain elements now painted black. This reflects the Clayton Equipment brand, but also disguises the daily grime that our products often operate in!

Locomotives – Traction Updates

For locomotives weighing up to 10 tonnes, we now have a range of AC traction systems to replace the older DC traction system. These are suitable for 80v DC to 140v DC battery systems. Although we still can manufacture the DC traction motors in-house (for example if you want to retain the same components as your existing fleet), choosing a locomotive with AC traction will give you the following benefits:

  • The system uses lower cost components – the locomotives are cheaper to buy.
  • The technology is more reliable – less down time.
  • Less maintenance – less down time as there are no carbon brushes to replace and the inside of the motor doesn’t need cleaning.
  • Improved water integrity – there are no access panels (as there are no brushes to maintain!).
  • Improved battery life – regenerative braking for extended battery life.
  • Regenerative braking – less wear on the mechanical braking system reduces life cycle costs.
  • Automatic electric brake hold facility – the locomotive resists rolling back down a gradient.
  • Integral speed and temperature sensors.
Locomotives - Traction Updates

For locomotives in excess of 10 tonnes, we now have a range of SR (Switched Reluctance) traction systems to replace the older DC traction system. These are suitable for 250v DC to 680v DC battery and overhead trolley systems.

As with the smaller products, we still can manufacture the DC traction motors in-house, but a locomotive with SR traction will give you the following benefits:

  • Improved performance – the motors offer a continuous rating, rather than a 1-hour rating of the DC motors. They also have a peak rating, typically x2 times the continuous rating, enabling you to have more power when needed.
  • The technology is more reliable – less down time.
  • Less maintenance – less down time as there are no carbon brushes to replace and the inside of the motor doesn’t need cleaning.
  • Improved water integrity – there are no access panels (as there are no brushes to maintain!).
  • Improved battery life – regenerative braking for extended battery life.
  • Regenerative braking – less wear on the mechanical braking system reduces life cycle costs.
  • Integral speed and temperature sensors.

Locomotives – Tunnelling Updates

For those who operate in the tunnelling world, getting a locomotive that can haul loads for the duration of a project can sometimes be difficult and costly. Traditional locomotives, designed for long life, are too expensive – the payback over 1 or 2 years cannot work out. Diesel alternatives, if leased or hired for the project duration, can be cheaper. However, additional ventilation is needed, resulting in high hidden costs. Clayton Equipment has addressed this problem with the LoCo™.

This new product, with a number of patent pending features, realises the following benefits:

  • Less cost – typically 60% cheaper.
  • Adjustable gauge – can be redeployed to other tunnelling projects.
  • Low cost spare parts – typically 100% cheaper than standard parts.
  • High haulage capability – typically 50% higher for similar sized locomotives, or can replace a heavier/larger locomotive.
  • Battery or diesel options.
  • Compliant with CE Marking Directives and BS6164 Code of practice for H&S in tunnelling in the construction industry.
  • Optional buy-back at the end of the project.

Please contact us for more details, as we are confident that we can provide a better solution than those currently available from our competitors.

Other Product Ranges

Clayton Equipment has always designed and manufactured products other than locomotives. If you would like more information on:

  • Passenger Rail Bus locomotives
  • Rail Maintenance products including Rail Handlers, Trolleys and Stressors
  • Road Rail Vehicles (RRVs) – the all-electric eRRV, the small but flexible CErrv1 and the larger CErrv2

Please let us know and we will send our digital Product Leaflets to you via email.