ÖBB-Technische Services GmbH (ÖBB TS), LTE Logistics & Transport Europe (LTE), and ELL European Locomotive Leasing (ELL) have formed a joint venture company for servicing locomotives in the center of Europe. They will open a new workshop in Gramatneusiedl (AT).
The new joint venture, named ETL Lokservice GmbH will be situated in Gramatneusiedl near Vienna, a strategic cross point of freight corridors. With ÖBB TS bringing many years of professional maintenance experience, the remaining two partners bring their fleet to be serviced here. The workshops will be open to all fleet owners and operators that want to make use of its services.
#GKB-Joint Venture #LTE Logistics & Transport Europe baut neues #Servicezentrum in Gramatsneusiedl – Ab Herbst 2021 soll der Betrieb starten. In Zukunft sollen bis zu 40 neue #Arbeitsplätze geschaffen werden. #Innovation Mehr Infos unter: https://t.co/IbBgYK5UWa pic.twitter.com/jUhpOttYV8
— GKB – Graz-Köflacher Bahn und Busbetrieb GmbH (@GKB_Steiermark) June 5, 2020
Remarkable: The project took years to prepare and another year was needed to get the green light from the EU in Brussels.
With 152 Siemens Vectrons locomotives in the ELL fleet and 80 additional vehicles operated by LTE Group, the workshop should not be lacking business. Spreading on 1,000 m2 space and with four work stands, the workshop will mainly focus on Siemens Vectron locomotives – the only locomotive in the ELL fleet, some of them also leased to the other JV partner – LTE.
An update 05.10.2020:
The ground has been broken. At least for the construction of the workshop as participants of all three partners attended the groundbreaking ceremony of the construction of this workshop. With this comes an update on the actual workshop opening. From the formerly planned autumn 2021, the new period of the planned opening was postponed to spring 2022.