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Siemens Mobility’s Bogie Service Centre overhauls 500th bogie

Lincoln’s UK Bogie Service Centre has reached a significant milestone with the completion of its 500th bogie overhaul.

The Siemens Mobility facility services bogies from all of the Siemens UK train fleet. The 500th bogie serviced came from a Velaro Eurostar e320 high speed train.

Sambit Banerjee, Siemens Mobility managing director, said: “The completion of the 500th bogie overhaul is a real milestone and achievement and a reflection of the hard work by our team of highly skilled rail technicians.

“The changes and upgrades we’ve introduced make the facility even more efficient. Ultimately this is all about increasing value sustainably over the train’s lifecycle and providing customers with a reduced cost combined with the very best service.”

Opened in November 2018, the £8 million centre has a team of 62 employees – including 44 skilled technicians – performing premium train maintenance in short turnaround times, guaranteeing customers a high-quality service by reducing the period trains are out of service for overhauls.

Bogie Service Centre.

Siemens Mobility has made significant investments in the facility over the last year, including installing new Mechan bogie lift stands, making the overhaul process safer and more efficient. Improvements to maintenance procedures have increased throughput of bogies, with 2020 seeing the Bogie Service Centre more than double the output of the previous year.

A new condition assessment area has also been created, enabling technicians to conduct a full strip down, clean and service of the bogie and assess its components in a controlled setting. This helps improve understanding of the mileage extensions that need to be applied to each bogie, reducing costs and increasing value for the customer.

Siemens Mobility’s investment in the centre marked a key milestone in the company’s growing UK rail footprint, which continues to expand with the construction of a new £200 million train manufacturing plant in nearby Goole, East Riding of Yorkshire. The facility, which is due to open in 2023, will manufacture and commission new generation trains and is set to create 700 skilled jobs.

The Bogie Service Centre complements Siemens Mobility’s well-established installed base of over 550 trains and network of purpose-built maintenance facilities in the UK, plus wider activities in electrification, signalling and train control technologies.

Nigel Wordsworth BSc(Hons) MCIJhttp://therailengineer.com

SPECIALIST AREAS Rolling stock, mechanical equipment, project reports, executive interviews


Nigel Wordsworth graduated with an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering from Nottingham University, after which he joined the American aerospace and industrial fastener group SPS Technologies. After a short time at the research laboratories in Pennsylvania, USA, Nigel became responsible for applications engineering to industry in the UK and Western Europe. At this time he advised on various engineering projects, from Formula 1 to machine tools, including a particularly problematic area of bogie design for the HST.

A move to the power generation and offshore oil supply sector followed as Nigel became director of Entwistle-Sandiacre, a subsidiary of the Australian-owned group Aurora plc. At the same time, Nigel spent ten years as a Technical Commissioner with the RAC Motor Sports Association, responsible for drafting and enforcing technical regulations for national and international motor racing series.

Joining Rail Engineer in 2008, Nigel’s first assignment was a report on new three-dimensional mobile mapping and surveying equipment, swiftly followed by a look at vegetation control machinery. He continues to write on a variety of topics for most issues.

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