Aggreko has published a free planning guide to help prepare for grid blackouts or power equipment failures in the rail industry.
The eGuide, 'Contingency Planning for Power Failure in the Rail Sector', sets out how to create an effective back-up power strategy to cover all eventualities – from sharp temperature drops to power shortages or telecommunications failure.
It provides eight tips to ensure robust planning for back-up temporary power to ensure business continuity and staff and passenger safety.
Guide author John Anderson, Aggreko's national accounts manager for rail, said:
" Contingency planning for emergency power is vital to ensuring speedy business recovery in the event of fire, flood, weather disruption, explosion, national grid failure, or any other emergency.
"By planning ahead, downtime and disruption can be minimised and operational targets achieved. This will keep stations and rail infrastructure running 24/7, 365. All assets must be considered – from train stations and telecommunications – to regional operating centres, signalling and tunnels – through to points heating, freight and train care depots."
The guide covers how to:
•Build sufficient operational detail into a contingency plan
•Conduct a site survey for a list of critical power and temperature control equipment
•Work out the fastest installation plan
•Prevent failures of equipment, including fuel needs
•Specify the correct equipment for each application
•Check supplier's accreditations and environmental standards
•Ensure proper coordination and communication
Aggreko's UK rail division is RISQS accredited and provides 24/7 nationwide service and mobile power and temperature control technologies from 18 locations throughout the UK and Ireland.
Download the 'Contingency Planning for Power Failure in the Rail Sector' guide: http://content.aggreko.co.uk/rail-disaster-recovery-plan