18 May 2015

Sourcing a one-piece basin made from a hardwearing surface that could be moulded for both style and ease of installation was made simple when Virgin Trains and Alstom approached TBM Rail with the need for a replacement of the OEM sink. Seeking to improve aesthetics that would encompass better cleaning arrangements, the solution was a turnkey basin produced to exacting standards.

TBM Rail, of Crewe, has built a reputation for solving washroom and refurbishment challenges for the rail transport industry working with specialist manufacturing partners. In this instance, Andy Hawker, Managing Director at TBM Explains “Franke was the obvious choice for a high style solution. Franke’s Design engineers created 3D models for the different stages of production. Miranit is Franke’s own granite composite material and can be engineered to fit a range of specification challenges. The one-piece, seam free basin design changed during the development process but has ended up as both elegant and also extremely hardwearing.


Caption: Franke Miranit bespoke basin installed on Virgin Trains Pendolino vehicles.

Miranit from Franke Sissons, is a stable and elegant resin bonded mineral granite that is exceptionally hardwearing and perfect for the demanding environment of washrooms on trains. It is pore free which means it is both hygienic and extremely easy to clean. It cannot be shattered or cracked and is resistant to burning and although not ‘vandal proof’ it is very hard to damage.

For full details of the products and services available from TBM Rail in partnership with Franke Sissons contact:

T. TBM Rail 0844 8008577

For additional media information on both please contact [email protected] T. 01425 461600 M. 07767 784295.

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