SBB Cargo Opens New Workshop in Chiasso

SBB Cargo has opened a new workshop in Chiasso, Switzerland for reprofiling locomotives, freight wagons and multiple units.

This milestone follows one and a half years of construction and an investment of more than 12 million CHF (12.5 million EUR).

New SBB Cargo workshop opened in Chiasso on 3 November
New SBB Cargo workshop opened in Chiasso on 3 November

The new workshop was built on the site of SBB Cargo’s previous facility, which no longer met modern-day requirements.

The workshop now features large glass door fronts and optimal space to ensure a safe working environment with plenty of natural light.

In addition, it is equipped with an underfloor lathe that creates a ‘one-stop-shop’ for the reprofiling of locomotives, freight wagons and multiple units. By handling all work at one location, SBB Cargo will increase its efficiency and throughput times by up to a third. This will improve vehicle availability by returning the vehicles to operation more quickly.

Jasmin Bigdon, member of the management team responsible for asset management at SBB Cargo said:

“With the expanded freight wagon hall and the new underfloor lathe, we are strengthening our maintenance performance in Chiasso for locomotives and freight cars. This allows us to further accelerate maintenance and reduce vehicle downtimes – not only for SBB vehicles but also for maintenance customers who rely on our services along the transit axis.”

The new workshop will maintain SBB vehicles, cross-border TILO trains, and those operated by third parties.

It has a total area of ​​2,000 square metres, which is longer and wider than its predecessor. It also includes an additional fourth track in the reprofiling line.

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