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'Airline style' toilet system launche

Published 24th June, 2014 by Neil Nixon

'Airline style' toilet system launche

Smith Brothers & Webb is helping train companies to save time with the launch of its new 'airline-style' controlled emissions toilet system that works three times faster than conventional models. Exclusive to Smith Brothers & Webb, the fully automated CET uses negative pressure to evacuate 800 litres of effluent in just eight seconds - allowing a single operative to clean out tanks on a 12-carriage high speed train in just 10 minutes. The task would have previously taken half an hour. The new fully automated Britannia model uses technology similar to that used in airline toilets and is claimed to be the first of its kind in the world.

The first of the systems - designed and manufactured in the UK at Smith Brothers & Webb's Warwickshire factory - demonstrates the company's level of expertise and is soon to be installed in Hong Kong, at a depot on the South Islands extension line.

Smith Brothers & Webb chairman, Harvey Alexander, said: “The speed and ease of use of the new Britannia CET system makes it particularly attractive for high-speed trains, which of course is fast becoming a major growth area. Furthermore, with more trains now running at night there is less time available for maintenance. Consequently we have already received a number of enquiries from train operators who are moving toward a 24-hour a day service. Operators want swift turnarounds of trains and this new fully automated Britannia CET certainly delivers - it can empty three times as many tanks as a conventional model in the same time.”

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