FirstClass Safety & Control delivers 1st order in Australia with new partner Freightquip

FirstClass Safety and Control Ltd (FCSC) and Freightquip announce success in the earliest days of inking a partnership agreement where FCSC named Freightquip as their official Australian distributor for their Rail Depot Protection and Control system solutions.

Freightquip have completed a contract with Laing O’Rourke, one of Australia’s top Tier 1 engineering and construction companies. Laing O’Rourke contracted Freightquip to supply and install a FirstClass Safety & Control built Depot Protection System (DPS) for the South Dynon Locomotive Depot, located in Victoria, Australia.

Freightquip and FCSC were responsible for the design, including shop drawing and schematics, manufacture, and installation of the bespoke DPS on 3 Roads at the depot. The SIL 2 rated PLC Controlled DPS consists of warning beacons and sounders, movement signals, shunter movement request switches, Derailer scissor lock-out boxes and crossroad isolation switches. The DPS design replicates a system installed in the nearby West Melbourne Depot.

Mark Meyrick, Director of FirstClass Safety & Controls said, “Delivering our 1st order in Australia is a significant achievement in such a short period of time, particularly during a global pandemic! It reflects the strength of our partnership with Freightquip. Our ability to offer bespoke Depot Protection Systems, to meet the exact customer requirements, was a major influence on the award of this contract. Our innovative approach to design and manufacturing not only ensures the customer gets exactly what they want, but it also makes it easier to support and manage international installations, offering future proofed solutions that guarantee protection for depot staff for many years to come”

Neil McDonell, Freightquip Rail General Manager said, “This opportunity sets the scene for Freightquip and FirstClass Safety to cement our partnership within Australia. It gives us a great opportunity to deliver a first-class product solution into the Australian rail market”.


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October 2021




Notes for Editors:

FirstClass Safety & Controls

FirstClass Safety & Control Ltd (FCSC) were born out of a Management Buyout of the Control Systems Division of Beck and Pollitzer in Dec 2017.

FCSC work in the Rail, Oil and Gas and Marine sectors but their key focus has been rail for the past 10 years or so.

As Safety Specialists FCSC have developed a range of Depot Protection System (DPS) solutions, Depot Control Systems (DCS) and Locally Operated Points Systems (LOPS). FCSC can also offer a combined DPS/DCS system for Depot/Sidings projects which brings big cost savings and interface cost / risk reductions.

FCSC have been installing DPS solutions in the rail environment since 2002


Founded in 2001, Freightquip has grown into one of Australia’s leading equipment suppliers to the aviation, rail and port industries. These industries share many synergies and have a number of the same design parameters and processes, though in varied applications. Each of these industries has been undergoing constant evolutionary change, driven by the need for cutting edge and competitive solutions

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