Alstom delivers to Akiem the first overhauled locomotive

Alstom has delivered the first overhauled BB36000 locomotive out of a total of 7 vehicles covered by a mid-life overhaul contract signed with Akiem in April 2016. The contract was later supplemented in June 2017 with 23 additional locomotives of the same type. With this new contract, Alstom is helping its customer Akiem to optimise the lifespan its locomotives by extending their service life by 15 years.
The maintenance operations cover all the 10, 15 and 20-year interventions in the context of a mid-life review. The entire locomotive is overhauled, including the bogies, obsolescence monitoring, the repair of parts and the modernisation of the drivers’ cabins. These operations are being carried out with the contribution of Alstom’s sites at Le Creusot (for the bogies), Ornans (for the traction engines), Tarbes (traction systems), Villeurbanne (for the electronics) as well as a network of external subcontractors. The locomotives are fully repainted in identical fashion to restore their original external livery.
The BB36000 locomotives were designed and manufactured at the Alstom’s Belfort site. They entered service from 1996 onwards and have covered nearly 2 million kilometres to date.
“The delivery of the BB36000 locomotive in line with the schedule and level of quality required by our customer Akiem is due to the Belfort Services team’s expertise. This first success confirms our desire to develop the maintenance activities of the Belfort site through an increase in activities and skills and to turn the Belfort site into a European centre of reference for locomotive maintenance,” said Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud, President of Alstom in France.

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