The Didcot Railway Centre, a unique collection of Great Western Railway steam engines, coaches, wagons, engine sheds and memorabilia; and a recreation of Brunel’s famous broad gauge railway, has installed Kentec fire control panels at the heart of a new fire safety system, designed and installed by Kingwood Safety Systems.

As well as its Science, Learning & Railways training areas housed in two railway coaches, the centre has five carriages specifically for accommodating centre workers, each requiring round-the-clock automatic fire detection as a distinctly independent zone. To allow for any of the carriages to be safely decoupled and relocated, a linked conventional twin wire fire alarm system has been installed with a Kentec 4 zone twin wire Sigma CP conventional fire alarm control panel in the 10 berth main carriage that connects to the other four carriages via separate zone connections. The system includes conventional smoke and heat detectors from the Hochiki CDX range as well as a series of specialist IP68 weatherproof connectors positioned on the outside of the carriages.