HVAC Units for Railway Vehicles

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle is a specialised provider of HVAC units for railway vehicles worldwide. Our scope of supply includes custom design, validation testing, equipment manufacture, commissioning and whole-of-life support encompassing scheduled / unscheduled maintenance and overhauls.

With uniquely located dual hemisphere centres of competence in New Zealand and Germany we provide technical support globally, supplemented by a network service centres and service agents located near to our end customers’ operating locations.

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle is a proud member of LEEL RAIL SYSTEMS.

Locomotive HVAC Units

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle have a wealth of experience designing, manufacturing, validating and supporting HVAC units for Locomotive driver’s cabs. These are developed to operate in the harshest ambient conditions, for example the Australian outback where temperatures commonly reach 50 degrees Celsius. We can provide HVAC units to operate from ac power or incorporate specific inverter technology to operate from 74Vdc diesel locomotive power.

HVAC unit types include rooftop mounted, side-mount, wall-mount, underfloor/subbase and split systems. We can provide HVAC units with cooling capacity from 3kW up to 15kW+.

Of special note is Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle’s capability in adapting unit design to fit within specific customer driven compact space envelope requirements.

In addition to supplying new units, we undertake overhaul, remanufacture and reliability improvement programs on other manufacturers’ HVAC units and have a successful track record of adding value to end customers’ reliability especially in the freight sector.

Our locomotive customers include world leading locomotive builders.

HVAC Units for Metro Trains

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle have designed, manufactured and supplied numerous metro projects including hi-speed regional metro, suburban metro, inter-urban metro and mass transit programmes through-out Europe and Australia.

Using a series of standard sub-modules, we commonly undertake specific design for particular projects taking into account for the operating conditions of the end customer. Our metro HVAC units have been proven in operation in some of the highest ambient temperature conditions in the world.

Of special note is our successful long-term maintenance agreements which include scheduled maintenance, call-outs/repairs, 24-hour helpline, overhauls and reliability linked penalty / reward schemes.

HVAC Units for Rail Passenger Cars

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle have designed, manufactured and supplied HVAC units for many locomotive hauled and push-pull single and double-deck passenger carriages.

In addition to new car builds we have also provided retrofit systems, either to upgrade cooling capacity or to improve the reliability of ageing systems.

HVAC unit types include rooftop mounted, underfloor mounted and split systems with separate condenser and compressor modules mounted under the car with evaporator AHUs mounted in the ceiling.

Light Rail Vehicle HVAC Units

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle designed, manufactured and supplied HVAC units for a variety of different light rail vehicles (LRV) types including trams, streetcars, LRT metros and people-movers. Specialised manufacture in aluminium means light weight and our people mover HVAC units have an ultra-low-profile.

Train Refrigeration Systems

Noske-Kaeser Rail & Vehicle provide bespoke refrigeration systems for driver’s cabs and passenger car galleys. Equipment supplied has included galley trolley cooling and custom built fridges.

HVAC Testing and Development

Specific capabilities include, a research and development centre which encompasses a climatic test chamber sized to accommodate the largest passenger car HVAC units, where we regularly test unit performance for normal design conditions and extreme ambient temperature conditions (cold and hot), also customised car and cab timber mock-up construction to develop and prove project specific ducting layouts and HVAC unit airflow performance

Our Values

Our four values of Commitment, Collaboration, Sustainability and Enhancement reflect our belief that as we strive to be recognised as a market leader, our people are key to our success, whether they are our own staff, customers, end users or suppliers. We strongly believe that environmental awareness and relationships are as important as the equipment we supply.


  • Our people are key to our success
  • We value the wellbeing of our people therefore Health and Safety are paramount
  • We commit to support our customers for the lifetime of the equipment


  • Relationships are as important as the equipment we supply
  • We want our customers to succeed through our partnerships
  • We take pride in what we all do individually and collectively


  • We are committed to being environmentally aware across our business
  • We understand our importance in our community as both an employer and as a corporate citizen
  • We are committed to maximising long-term, sustainable profitability


  • We provide value for money equipment, in full on time and in specification
  • We strive to be recognised as a market leader
  • We engage our people to eliminate waste and drive sustainable performance improvement

With a strong reputation for technical excellence, equipment reliability in tough environments and a focus on our customers’ needs, our reference lists includes equipment for trams, metros, regional and suburban trains, carriages, locomotives and special vehicles. Our customers include well-known builders of passenger cars and locomotives, as well as end users and operators.

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