TMH Germany has completed the construction of the framework for its new train maintenance facility in Langweid am Lech, Bavaria, and is expected to become operational in 2022.
The company is investing more than EUR 45 million in the construction of a state-of-the-art services site for the light maintenance of rail vehicles. After the depot will be completed in December 2021, TMH Germany will maintain the fleet of 78 electric trains for Go-Ahead Bavaria for the next 12 years at this location, under a EUR 250 million contract signed in December 2020.
Beyond the maintenance contract for Go-Ahead Bavaria, the Langweid depot will have further spare maintenance capacity for all types of rail vehicles, including third-party rolling stock.
The new depot combines the experience of more than 100 maintenance plants operated by the TMH Group worldwide.
Based on the dynamic maintenance principle, the new depot will combine the latest technology with smart processes. A digital twin will be created for every vehicle serviced, which will help analyse the condition of all vehicle components, before it has even arrived at the depot. This procedure helps detecting possible defects and sources of error at an early stage, thus reducing the failure rate of trains. In addition, all logistics processes related to vehicle maintenance, efficient material stocking and needs-based personnel and capacity planning in the depot are controlled in this way.
The new maintenance facility will be equipped with a measuring line for wheelset measurement. With the help of the maintenance software BOOM, the experts from TMH Germany will be able to record the wear of the wheelsets by means of a sensor-controlled measurement within seconds and plan all further maintenance steps in the depot on this basis. Thanks to an innovative Hegenscheidt system, it will also be possible to dismantle two wheelsets on a rail vehicle at the same time in four hours instead of one working day, increasing thus the availability of trains.
Employees will also benefit from the modern facility. Their working conditions will meet the latest EHS (environment, health, safety) standards thanks to ergonomic workstations, a variety of lifting tables, lifting platforms, cranes and lifts, an optimised stocking of tools to suit the job sites, and smart lighting.
“We are proud to build one of the most modern maintenance facilities in Europe for our customer, to ensure that the trains will transport passengers in the Augsburg region safely and on time,” Klaus Hock, the Managing Director TMH Germany, said at the ceremony held on 17 September.
As TMH Germany is an important contributor to the economic growth of the Augsburg region, the construction of the train maintenance facility is being realised with local construction companies, among others Eigner Fertigbau and Alois Miller Erdbau. This ensures additional indirect jobs and, in addition to the initial investment for the new depot, the company is creating highly qualified and stable jobs.