New Maintenance Facility for Rolling Stock Next to the Port of Koper
In March SŽ – VIT opened a new maintenance shop in the immediate vicinity of the port of Koper, allowing us to deliver inspections and minor repairs to tractive and trailing stock in transit through the port. Set up at Koper worksite of the Koper tovorna station, the hall represents the latest rolling stock maintenance facility in Slovenia.
The worksite is strategically placed to have a direct connection with Luka Koper, and is hence of particular importance in keeping the whole rail network congestion-free as well as important to domestic and international rail undertakings alike. The worksite provides fast breakdown service without the need to move vehicles to Divača shop, which would take up valuable capacity on the already congested main line to Koper. It also means more capacity for other freight services on that line.
The Koper worksite mainly offers rolling stock maintenance with a focus on running repairs for freight wagons. It has two maintenance tracks, of which one is electrified to accommodate electrical locomotives. The electrified track also has an under-floor inspection pit. The hall is 57.06m long and 17.5m wide, measures 7.14m and 8.14m in height at the roof’s edge and ridge, respectively, and has four automated sectional doors. New lifting equipment featuring eight hydraulic lifting jacks has been purchased recently to improve work safety and enable lifting double carrier wagon units and twin-wagons.
The hall has all the air and electricity supply connections required for effective wreck repair on wagons. Through delivery of this project, we will meet our targets with respect to the conditions of work; the reliability, quality, speed and value for money of maintenance services supplied to fleet owners; the opportunities for increasing maintenance volume and revenue; productivity increases; congestion reduction on the main line between Koper and Divača; and to safety improvements in rail transport.
This article was originally published by SŽ – VIT.
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