Knorr-Bremse and Bombardier Transportation have signed a 5-year extension of the comprehensive service agreement for Traxx locomotives braking systems overhaul.
The contract will run up to the end of 2025 under which Knorr-Bremse RailServices will be responsible for overhauling the braking systems of several hundred Traxx rail vehicles maintained by Bombardier Transportation Service.
“We are very pleased about the service contract concluded with Bombardier for Europe-wide locomotive maintenance, which has now been extended. In this way, Knorr-Bremse is playing a key role in optimizing maintenance costs, improving availability and enhancing the performance of locomotives in freight and passenger transport. Moreover, we are supporting Bombardier in the holistic life cycle management of its vehicles in Europe,” Mark Cleobury, Member of the Management Board of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems, said.
The locomotives, that are equipped with braking systems from Knorr-Brems are currently in operation in countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and Poland.
Knorr-Bremse RailServices will supply Bombardier Transportation materials and will perform repair and overhaul work for the vehicles. The maintenance of Knorr-Bremse components will be carried out at the main plant in Berlin, in close cooperation with the Mödling site in Austria.
The Traxx locomotives braking systems overhaul project includes regular inspection and service for the air supply components, brake control and bogie equipment to ensure the correct condition and functionality. With its systems and solutions expertise as an aftermarket partner, Knorr-Bremse RailServices thus contributes to the safe, reliable and efficient operation of locomotive fleets over their entire life cycle.
The contract between the two companies was originally signed in 2010 with an initial term of five years and was extended in mid-2014, prior to maturity, until the end of 2020.
Another braking systems maintenance contract was recently signed by Knorr-Bremse and VR FleetCare for 46 freight and passenger locomotives. The contract will run until 2028.