by Tiana May
17 May 2023
Rail Depot Equipment
Stadler has laid the foundation stone for its new maintenance plant for battery trains in Rendsburg, Germany.
This facility will be used to service new battery-electric regional multiple-unit FLIRT Akku trains in the Schleswig-Holstein region.
In 2019, Stadler won an order to supply 55 of these units to NAH.SH and to provide maintenance services for a period of 30 years.
These trains are scheduled to enter service in summer 2023 and will run on eleven rail lines in Schleswig-Holstein.
Stadler is investing around 30 million EUR in the Rendsburg site for the maintenance of these vehicles.
The facility will feature the latest maintenance equipment, as well as optimal parking and charging infrastructure designed specifically for battery-electric trains.
“With the battery trains, we will succeed in making the diesel-free lines in Schleswig-Holstein more than doubled in one fell swoop. The maintenance workshop in Rendsburg is an important building block for the climate-neutral battery train future in our state. For the city of Rendsburg, the workshop also means that skilled workers can be retained in a future-proof industry.”
The new maintenance plant is being built on 77,000 square metres of land. It will include two tracks with pits and roof work stands, workshops and an outside cleaning facility.
Its eight outdoor parking bays will be equipped with catenary systems for recharging the train batteries.
“We are proud to be able to offer a new maintenance facility that is precisely tailored to the special features of battery trains, as well as the delivery of the innovative FLIRT battery-powered vehicles, we are making a significant contribution to the decarbonisation of public rail transport on the non-electrified lines of to decarbonise public rail transport on the non-electrified lines in Schleswig-Holstein. With the combination of new production and maintenance of vehicles over a period of many years from a single source, we create sustainable added value and thus achieve an optimal service life of the trains over several decades.”
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