Rolling stock manufacturer Alstom has delivered the first overhauled BB36000 locomotive to Akiem.
The SNCF subsidiary signed a contract with Alstom in April, 2016, for the mid-life overhaul of seven vehicles. This was further supplemented by a deal for another 23 locomotives in June, 2017.
The BB36000 locomotives were designed and manufactured at Alstom’s Belfort site. They entered service from 1996 onwards and have covered nearly two million kilometres to date. With this new contract, the locomotives’ lifespans will be extended by 15 years.
All elements of the locomotive will be overhauled for the service, including the bogies, obsolescence monitoring, the repair of parts and the modernisation of the drivers’ cabins.
These operations are being carried out with the contribution of Alstom’s sites at Le Creusot (bogies), Ornans (traction engines), Tarbes (traction systems), Villeurbanne (electronics) as well as a network of external subcontractors. The locomotives will then by fully repainted in identical fashion to restore their original external livery.
Alstom France president Jean-Baptiste Eyméoud said: “The delivery of the BB36000 locomotive in line with the schedule and level of quality required by our customer Akiem is due to the Belfort Services team’s expertise.
“This first success confirms our desire to develop the maintenance activities of the Belfort site through an increase in activities and skills and to turn the Belfort site into a European centre of reference for locomotive maintenance.”