New innovative hub for locomotive maintenance opened in Austria
Three Austrian railway undertakings opened a new locomotive maintenance hub in the vicinity of Vienna. Being constructed within the 14-month-long period, the facility will provide technical assistance to rail freight operators running on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor and other transport arteries that run through Austria.
In the second half of May, a new locomotive maintenance depot was put into operation in Austria. It is about LOCMASTA or Locomotive Maintenance Station, which was built at the Gramatneusiedl station, close to Vienna. The project was jointly implemented by three Austria-based railway undertakings: ÖBB-Technische Services (ÖBB TS), LTE Logistics & Transport Europe (LTE) and European Locomotive Leasing (ELL). Currently, LOCMASTA’s staff accounts for 14 employees, whose quantity will be increased to 36 in the near future.
LOCMASTA has four parking spaces with an indoor crane and lifting system, two roof work platforms and work pits, excellent infrastructure with the best measuring and testing equipment including ECM 4. Furthermore, there are appropriate training rooms and continuous education in order to react to the current shortage of skilled workers. The maintenance facility was designed for technical assistance of the Taurus and Vectron locomotives produced by Siemens Mobility. These two types are the most popular vehicles on the Baltic-Adriatic corridor and other railway routes running via Austria.
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