Siemens opens rail bo­gie ser­vice cen­tre in Lin­coln

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Siemens of­fi­cially opened its new rail bo­gie ser­vice cen­tre on Novem­ber 23.

Built at the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing gas tur­bine fac­tory in Lin­coln, the new cen­tre en­ables Siemens to over­haul bo­gies ‘in house’ rather than con­tract­ing the work to oth­ers.

It has con­verted a dis­used build­ing dat­ing from 1874 at a cost of £8 mil­lion. The work in­volved re­lay­ing and strength­en­ing 5,000m2 of floor space, be­fore in­stalling cranes and other equip­ment needed to over­haul the bo­gies.

Siemens em­ploys some 32 peo­ple at the fa­cil­ity, which be­gan pro­duc­tion in Septem­ber by over­haul­ing spare bo­gies for Siemens’ Eurostar e320 trains. Bo­gies from the De­siro City fleet of Class 700, ‘707’ and ‘717’ trains will also be over­hauled on the site, which has room to be ex­panded if de­mand re­quires it.

Bo­gies are cleaned us­ing dry ice be­fore be­ing stripped to their com­po­nent parts. These are checked for dam­age and have any life-ex­pired items re­placed, be­fore be­ing re­assem­bled and cer­ti­fied fit for ser­vice.

PAUL BIGLAND.

A bo­gie is ser­viced at the new Siemens fa­cil­ity in Lin­coln on Novem­ber 23.

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