Voith Wins Contract To Overhaul Locomotives

By Jack Burke23 June 2020

Voith and Lineas, the largest private rail freight operator in Europe, have signed a maintenance contract for the major overhaul of a first batch of 30 locomotives type HLD 77.

The agreement covers a major overhaul as well as other options for variant-specific components and for the Voith type L4r4 turbo transmissions. The locomotives incorporate ABC 6-cylinder engines offering 1150 kW.

The work will be carried out within the next four and a half years. The fundamentals of this collaboration are based on reliability improvement, cost reduction and downtime optimizations. On top of analyzing the technical condition of the vehicles, Voith can potentially also perform several upgrades as part of the overhaul.

Long-term partnership

“This is the first step towards a long-term partnership between Voith and Lineas,” said Vincent Delfosse, Asset Maintenance manager at Lineas. “Thanks to Voith, we have the support of a strong and reliable service partner with extensive experience in diesel locomotive technology that can provide us with qualitative maintenance services tailored to our needs.”

Lineas is the largest private rail freight operator in Europe with headquarters in Belgium and sites in France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Spain.

“We are delighted to now be able to consolidate our successful collaboration with Lineas. As an innovation driver and technology leader, we appreciate these kinds of constructive partnerships based on a spirit of trust. With our global network of qualified service employees and the latest digital tools and communication channels, we always provide our customers with the right service,” says Ulf Klaua, Director Sales Rail at Voith.

Lineas’ flagship product is the Green Xpress Network, which is designed to produce daily, fast and reliable rail connections between major Europe hubs, combining different types of cargo into one train. The GXN offering was launched in 2014 and now has 21 connections.

Lineas employs over 2100 and owns a fleet of 250 locomotives and 7000 wagons.

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