The Estonian railway company Elron has renewed maintenance contract of its Flirt train bogies with VR FleetCare after an international tender.
“We are happy to continue our cooperation with VR FleetCare for the Elron trains components service. Earlier experience has shown that we can be confident in VR FleetCare as trustable partner”, Mark Pakin, the Technical manager of Elron said.
The three-year agreement covers the periodic maintenance of bogies and traction wheelsets for 38 Flirt trains. The bogie maintenance will take place at VR FleetCare’s component workshop in Pieksämäki, where optimised production lines for bogie and wheelset maintenance have been established.
“The maintenance agreement for Elron’s bogies and traction wheelsets is strategically important for us. Two years ago, we opened a new component workshop specialised in the maintenance of bogies and other components. Elron’s decision to continue working with us reflects their strong confidence in our expertise and cost efficiency in component services”, Wilhelm Schevelew, Head of Sales of VR FleetCare said.
VR FleetCare has been maintaining the Flirt train bogies of Elron for five years, and this agreement ensures the continuation of their collaboration. The component workshop, opened two years ago, focuses specifically on the heavy maintenance of bogies and traction wheelsets, and it also handles bogies from other railway equipment.
“We provide maintenance for bogies of freight wagons, electric and diesel locomotives, electric trains, and passenger coaches under one roof. Our skilled workforce has taken concrete steps to enhance the efficiency and productivity of our production lines, enabling us to offer internationally competitive component maintenance services to our clients”, said Juha Lintula, Head of Component Services at VR FleetCare.
The rolling stock operating in Finland has relatively many Flirt trains manufactured by Stadler and Vectron locomotives manufactured by Siemens Mobility, which are also widely used in other European countries. Naturally, the bogies and components of these trains are of particular interest to the Head of Component Services.