Temporary power supply for Network Rail maintenance, Doncaster - Generator Power
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Temporary power supply for Network Rail maintenance.

The Challenge

Maintenance works were required on the HV equipment at two sites in Doncaster, meaning that they would need temporary power on a Sunday to cover the outages. Having worked with us before, Network Rail turned to us to keep them up and running.

The Solution

Temporary power was needed at two separate sites in Doncaster, so we deployed two of our specialist 500kVA Emergency Response Vehicles (ERVs) on the morning of Sunday 18th March.

Because there was a shortage of available space on each site, we chose our ERVs (generators mounted on truck chassis) as the compact design allowed us to easily drive the generators into position. The outage was only due to last one day, so the ERVs also saved valuable time on deployment as no offloading of equipment was required.


A Generator Power synchronisation engineer connected the generators to our customer’s network within a couple hours of delivery to site to provide power whilst maintenance was carried out on their HV equipment.

Within a few hours, the maintenance work was completed, and mains power was restored, saving Network Rail from costly downtime.

“I would like to thank all at Generator Power for their assistance in the maintenance for 11kV switchgear at Doncaster Station on Sunday.

There’s not a lot of maintenance that we’re able to do while trains and stations are fully operational, so it’s great when it all comes together and we can prove it doesn’t all have to be on Saturday nights.

Particular mention to Andrew Oddy; his help before and on the job ensured it all went ahead successfully. He’s an asset to your organisation.”

Geoffrey Vande Velde, Network Rail

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