Adaptable Depot Protection System for Harsh Coastal Environment

GWR / Spencer Group awarded FirstClass Safety and Control the contract to supply a Depot Protection System (DPS) at their Penzance Depot in March 2019 following passing the strict Network Rail Selection criteria for this project.

As with any new contract our engineers assess our clients distinct needs to ensure the solution fulfils their requirements. As well as the safety requirements for the depot one of the key considerations to the working of the their new DPS was the harsh coastal environment.

Primary Protection Derailer

Primary Protection Derailler for the award-winning GWR Penzance Depot

What Was Involved

The contract entailed the design, build and installation of the new full Turnkey solution plus, the commissioning of the system once in place.  To meet all our client’s requirements, we developed a RFID Based Depot Protection System with full SCADA, Derailers with Train Detection and specifically made for the harsh coastal environment. The use of RFID technology means that by carrying a small credit card sized tag the operator is protected when he/she is logged on as working on that road and the DPS will not allow any train movements into that particular road or zone. Ensuring maximum protection of the work force and the depot.

Due to the great success of the new DPS at Penzance which was delivered on time and within budget, the system has now been successfully operating for a year and we have to handed it over to the depot to manage themselves. Furthermore, GWR have awarded us another contract to complete a similar integrated solution for their depot which is adjacent to Exeter St Davids Station.

Investing in the Future

At FirstClass we are committed to continue to invest in and develop new technology for the depot environment and rail depot safety. And we are striving to make depots safer and more efficient with our team of highly skilled specialist engineers.

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The Key to Rail Depot Safety is FirstClass Safety & Control

At FirstClass Safety & Control Ltd (FCSC) rail depot safety is the core of our business. We are focused on supplying bespoke affordable Depot Protection Systems (DPS) and Depot Control Systems (DCS) that are adaptable to meet an individual depot’s requirements. Our mission is to provide the worldwide rail industry with the safest solutions on the market which is why we go the extra step to provide Safety Systems with a Safety Integrity Level (SIL). To show our commitment to the industry we achieved the maximum 4* RISQS Accreditation first year. By using the latest technologies, a comprehensive range of components and a wealth of knowledge from a range of industries this enables us to develop custom-made systems and bring a fresh open-minded approach to our solutions and to the industry. All control and safety systems receive our superior customer support via our professional aftersales customer care team, who provide a full service reassuring you that your depot will receive the prompt support you need. FCSC was established following a management buyout of the control system division of Beck and Pollitzer in 2017. However, the team has been working together since 1998 and build on the quality, experience and expertise to offer innovative rail safety solutions. Our engineering and manufacturing office is based in Essex, UK however, we offer national and global support.

Depot Protection Systems (DPS)

FCSC’s DPS is the next generation in depot protection systems, offering high performance and reliability. It is an integrated solution, suited to any depot requiring a new or seeking to upgrade a current system. Our DPS has been designed around the Allen Bradley’s, commercially off the shelf PLC range with Rockwell Automation software, however we offer the flexibility to use other PLC providers should you have standardized preferences on your site. All our systems including our DPS can meet the required Safety Integrity Level (SIL) making our tailored systems one of the safest on the market Key features include: A FCSC DPS is a flexible system offering many benefits to the depot and rail personnel including: We have a proven track record for quick and cost-effective maintenance support for repairs/upgrades and call outs for our DPS and also emergency support on other OEM supplied DPS Systems and equipment.


At FCSC we have acknowledged that there is a limited choice of De-railers which are often expensive, not 100% safe and have long delivery times. Therefore, we have developed our own De-railer, offering our customers more choice and better value. Our De-railer was designed to be the safest on the market as we monitor "head position" not "actuator position" therefore eliminating any failure points and with the option to detect vehicles using ultrasonic or infrared laser technology.

Depot Control System (DCS)/ Locally Operated Points System (LOPS)

FCSC have developed a SIL 2 rated DCS/LOPS system which is adaptable and reliable using proven technology. Our DCS / LOPS Systems are a bespoke design for each project yet will be the most cost-effective option available, whilst maintaining the highest level of safety and operability to meet the Depot’s needs. Typical DCS Interface features: System, hardware features: Software features: These innovative features mean our DCS/LOPS offer a range of benefits to our customers including:

Rail Depot Safety Training

To enhance our safety product portfolio our engineers, facilitate rail depot safety training courses for all our customers. These are highly rated by delegates both operationally and as part of ongoing maintenance requirements for depot staff.

Innovation and Product Development

At FCSC we recognise the need to continually evolve the current market safety and control product range to bring improvements and new concepts to our customers. Our advancements aim to bring increased efficiency and cost effectiveness to the rail industry. One of current developments is our combined DCS/DPS system which will offer a single solution for the whole depot with a single SIL 2 capable PLC Processor therefore eliminating unnecessary interface failure points but still maintaining the safety benefits of each System plus much more To find out more about our flexible Bespoke DPS, DCS plus our additional services and products contact us at FirstClass on [email protected] Tel: +44 (0)1621 743743" ["post_title"]=> string(35) "FirstClass Safety & Control Ltd" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(47) "firstclass-safety-control-ltd-rail-depot-safety" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2019-11-25 17:46:54" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2019-11-25 17:46:54" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(58) "" ["menu_order"]=> int(1) ["post_type"]=> string(9) "suppliers" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" }