Alstom and Südwestdeutsche Landesverkehrs-AG (SWEG) signed a framework agreement on a long-term cooperation under which the French manufacturer will provide and maintain shunting locomotives from its rental pool. Under the 8- year contract, SWEG can gradually increase the number of locomotives serviced by Alstom in the course of 2021 from four to six locomotives. Alstom will take over the maintenance of the locomotives at its location in Waibstadt and thus enables a service in the vicinity of the SWEG network in Baden-Württemberg.
“This cooperation with Alstom enables us to modernise our freight locomotive fleet. In addition, we can now develop the business area of single wagon transport, which is important to us by using modern locomotives to offer our customers attractive offers for freight transport by rail. The already very successful cooperation with Alstom in passenger transport is now being continued in freight transport,” SWEG CEO Tobias Harms said.
Initially, a Class BR203.1 locomotive in Gammertingen and a Class BR1002 Prima H3 hybrid shunting locomotive in Offenburg will be used for SWEG freight traffic. The full–service lease includes a 24-hour on-call service and a mobile service. The Prima H3 hybrid locomotive is equipped with TrainTracer, an on-board real-time condition monitoring system, which allows savings in maintenance costs of up to 14 per cent. Prima locomotives also benefit from a central service competence centre that offers first-class customer support at all times.
“We are very pleased to be able to expand our long and good cooperation with SWEG. The provision and maintenance of the locomotives strengthens our service location in Waibstadt. Thanks to SWEG’s trust, we can further expand our team, for example with new training positions for rail vehicle technicians,” Francois Muller, Director Service at Alstom in Germany, Austria and Switzerland said.
With a total of four service locations in Germany, Alstom has a powerful network for the maintenance of the locomotives.