Port of Rotterdam has announced the opening of Locomotive Workshop Rotterdam (LWR) maintenance facility in Maasvlakte area. It is port’s brand new, ultramodern workshop where locomotives can be serviced, repaired and inspected.
The representatives of Siemens Mobility, Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE), ProRail and Port of Rotterdam Authority attended to the opening ceremony.
The workshop has 8 sidings and 6 work tracks and is connected via points on the main track to the railway network. Locomotives can access and leave the site along two parallel tracks. Incoming locomotives are placed on the right track using a transverser. Before they enter the workshop, locomotives are cleaned in a washing facility. Train wheels can be re-profiled on the wheel lathe.
The facility in the Maasvlakte area will make it even more attractive for freight train operators to increase the volume of goods being transported by rail to and from the port of Rotterdam. It supports the Port of Rotterdam Authority’s ambition of working towards increasing the share of rail transport in European freight transport.