Siemens opens rail bogie service centre in Lincoln
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.
A bogie is serviced at the new Siemens facility in Lincoln on November 23.