UK Rail Industry Sander Services

AB Rail (AB Hoses & Fittings Ltd) have been a key player in providing sander system parts, full bespoke sander systems and associated sander services for the UK Rail Industry since the 1990’s.

We are a “one stop shop” for all of your sander system needs; working with all systems, from BR era fixed rate sanders to the latest, cutting edge, industry leading variable rate technology and application with our own award winning “Advanced Automatic Sander” systems, for rolling stock manufacturers, operators, maintainers and leasing companies.

We undertake;

  • Parts supply
  • Repair, Service and Overhaul
  • Continuing Product support and improvement
  • Engineering consultancy for sander systems
  • New system design, build and installation


We are RISQS registered and assured for all sander related activities.

Our customer relationships range from “stand alone” material supply to fully managed “turn key” bespoke design and installation with ongoing, engaged product support.

We provide a bespoke solution for each customer, that delivers what they want and what they need.

Our products, using our own patented parts where applicable, are UK designed and manufactured and our supply chain is predominantly contained within a 50-mile radius of our Chesterfield factory.

We provide full document packs to support Train Operator and Train Owner Engineering Change approval and to allow independent attestation/certification review for any modified or new products.

We are also looking to the future of sanders and are actively involved in research and trials with industry bodies.

Please see the case studies below for examples of our past and current sander projects.

BR era sander – maintenance & parts supply

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EP valve control box – reverse engineering

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Step rate sander – new system

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OTM Fixed rate sander – new system

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Double Variable Rate Sander – new system

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Step rate sander – product support and improvement

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Mr. A Barrett, Senior Analyst, RSSB
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"It has been an absolute pleasure to work with AB Hoses, who's expertise and knowledge has made this project a real success."
J. MacDonald, Stores Manager, Abellio Scotrail
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"Thank you for your swift action…..AB Hoses efforts are always appreciated​."
D Playl, Materials, Abellio Greater Anglia
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"Excellent AB Hoses, thank you for your help, excellent team work."