DB Cargo UK signed a three-year contract for the maintenance of ten GBRf Class 60 locomotives as well as providing technical in-field support. The focus of the contract will be undertaking regular maintenance in line with contracted Key performance indicators (KPIs) whilst driving reliability improvements.
“We are delighted to be working in partnership with our colleagues at GB Railfreight providing high quality maintenance services for their Class 60 locomotives. At DB Cargo UK we pride ourselves on the quality of our engineering, with our key focus being on cost-effective locomotive availability and reliability,” said Hans-Georg Werner, CEO at DB Cargo UK.
Under the agreement, GBRf’s engineering team work closely with DB Cargo UK to drive locomotive performance and provide professional engineering support.
GBRf Class 60 locomotives which have entered service will allow heavier and longer trains to run, bringing environmental benefits as longer trains are more efficient. The main duties of the locomotives will be hauling biomass to power stations.
The agreement between DB Cargo UK and GB Railfreight represents a commitment of the rail freight sector to continue investing and working together through this difficult time in light of the COVID-19 crisis which has impacted the whole railway sector not only in the UK but also the European railway sector.
“At this time of economic uncertainty, it is important for the rail freight sector to work together to deliver investment to support its growth. the economic recovery needs to be green and sustainable and by maintaining these locos we will ensure fewer carbon emissions in the long run,” John Smith, Managing Director of GB Railfreight said.
In 2018, GBRf acquired from Colas ten heavy freight class 60 Locomotives. They were built in 1989-93 by Brush Traction, Loughborough, in Leicestershire, and were the last heavy freight locomotive built in the UK.