Train operator 'one' marked the excellence of its principal train
maintenance depot at Ilford on 27 September 2006, when senior management
of the company and invited guests toured the facility to see first
hand the work undertaken at the Essex site.
Recently 60 Class 317s, previously maintained at Hornsey Depot in
North London have been transferred to Ilford, bringing a paper allocated
of over 200 units to the site.
'One' Managing Director Dominic Booth paid tribute to the quality
of the staff at Ilford and the overall quality of the work they undertake.
The facility undertakes cleaning at all levels ranging from a brush
through to major pre-planned cleaning, as well as mechanical maintenance
including fault finding, bogie changes and electrical repair work.
In addition to the 'one' depot staff one road within the main inspection
shed is 'dedicated' to Siemens transportation staff to maintain the
Class 360 stock under a separate maintenance contract.
A number of high quality depot based initiative's have been introduced
to ease an improve the quality of train, one demonstrated was a bin
system where seat covers for the large variety of Class 317s are all
kept ready to be used in a bin system, each with an illustrated label
assisting staff to find the correct replacement cover with ease. Another
depot-generated improvement presently being undertaken is the modification
to seats on Class 315s, reducing the floppy and loose cushion problem
of recent years.
To mark the achievements of the depot, recently refurbished Class
317/8 No. 317892 was named Ilford Depot, the first time a train has
been named after the depot. The unveiling of the case plate was done
by Maintenance Manager John Koates who has worked at Ilford for 40