A significant milestone has been passed as Siemens Mobility’s UK Bogie Service Centre in Lincoln has completed its 500th bogie overhaul for Siemens’ train fleet in the UK.
The Lincoln facility services bogies for the full range of Siemens trains operating in the UK, and the 500th bogie comes from the Velaro e320 high-speed train fleet operated by Eurostar.
The £8 million centre, which opened in November 2018, has seen a 55 per cent increase in staff numbers since it opened. 62 employees – including 44 skilled technicians – maintain bogies in short turnaround times, guaranteeing customers a high-quality service by reducing the period trains are out of service for overhauls.
Siemens Mobility managing director Sambit Banerjee said: “The completion of the 500th bogie overhaul is a real milestone and achievement and a reflection of the hard work by our team of highly skilled rail technicians.
“The changes and upgrades we’ve introduced make the facility even more efficient. Ultimately, this is all about increasing value sustainably over the train’s lifecycle and providing customers with a reduced cost combined with the very best service.”
Siemens Mobility has made significant investments in the facility over the last year, including installing new Mechan bogie lifters, making the overhaul process safer and more efficient. Improvements to maintenance procedures have increased throughput of bogies, with 2020 seeing the Bogie Service Centre more than double the output of the previous year.
A new condition assessment area has also been created, enabling technicians to conduct a full strip down, clean and service of the bogie and assess its components in a controlled setting. This helps improve understanding of the mileage extensions that need to be applied to each bogie, reducing costs and increasing value for the customer.