Inauguration of the most modern freight wagon workshop in Europe
October 22, 2014
On 21 October 2014, BLGRailTec commissioned one of the most modern freight wagon workshops in Europe at Uebigau-Wahrenbrück. In doing so, it is also helping to develop the Falkenberg site into an important railway hub in Germany once again
The new wagon service centre is located on an area of 25,000 square metres, where preventive maintenance on freight wagons, shunting services, train formation as well as revision work on freight wagons in accordance with the railway operating regulations are offered. These services are not only offered for BLG AutoRail’s own wagons, but also for other wagon keepers.
In order to fulfil this task, 50 staff members are already employed at the Falkenberg site.
The inauguration ceremony was also attended by numerous representatives from local and state politics, who had supported the construction of the new workshop.
Frank Dreeke, Chairman of the Board of Management of the international BLG LOGISTICS GROUP AG & Co. KG, headquartered in Bremen, said in his welcoming speech, “You have all supported us in one way or another with great commitment, so that we have been able to happily realise our pledge here in Falkenberg.”
The Falkenberg marshalling yard was purchased back in 2011.
The facility is favourably located in terms of transport strategy on one of the main routes to the North Sea ports of Bremerhaven, Emden and Hamburg, where the logistics company BLG is also active.
In June 2011, the parties involved had begun to define the scope and equipment for the new freight wagon workshop.
The Brandenburg Ministry of Economics provided 1.1 million euros in funding for the project, which involves an investment volume of around 16 million euros.
“I congratulate BLG on this great project,” said Kathrin Schneider, State Secretary of the Brandenburg Ministry of Infrastructure and Agriculture.
“Brandenburg is a transit state and we really appreciate it when both value is created along transit routes and new jobs are provided, as BLG has done in Falkenberg.”
Gerhard Ringmann, head of department responsible for economic development at the Ministry of Economic and European Affairs, added, “Logistics is a growth industry – also at a European level. The German capital region – located between the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe and the economic centres of Western Europe – offers logistics companies an optimal starting point for future European activities. The proximity to Poland and the Czech Republic, the excellent transport connections and the well-developed infrastructure form the basis for the dynamic structural development that this region has undergone in recent years. The decision of the internationally active BLG group of companies to invest in a freight station in the Elbe-Elster district that had been lying fallow for years is an important contribution to strengthening Berlin-Brandenburg as a logistics location.”
Our Managing Partner of BLG AutoRail GmbH, Gerald Binz, was also pleased about the successful completion of the project after some ups and downs and emphasised in his speech, “We are convinced that only through technical innovation and the creation of advantages relevant to the system can we promote the ecological transport mode of rail.”
Developments in the market have led to considering an own company workshop capacity, especially as major overhauls are stipulated for the wagons every six years.
“Here, there was an increasing danger of having to fear capacity bottlenecks due to workshop closures, which would then be detrimental for the wagon availability.
In Eberswalde and Zwickau, DB will soon be closing two more workshops with a total of 574 employees,” says Gerald Binz.
The freight wagon workshop in Uebigau will soon be expanded once again due to the positive response and demand.
In addition to two more work stands, a modern painting line and the extension of the track facilities by an additional five kilometres to 25 kilometres are planned.
We have been operating our own trains since 2008 and already have the most modern fleet of wagons in Europe. All 1,275 wagons are equipped with whisper brakes, which keep the noise produced by the trains when braking well below the maximum permissible limit of 82 decibels.
We transported around 550,000 automobiles by rail in an environmentally friendly way in 2013.
Our new Laaers 810 pioneering design equipped for the future was introduced just recently.
You can also visit the BLG RailTec GmbH homepage to find out more about the company and its activities.