As owner, keeper and Entity in Charge of Maintenance (ECM), it is our duty and responsibility to ensure our fleet is well maintained. Our maintenance scheduling team is comprised of all disciplines from sales to project managers and engineers, each weighing in and bringing a different angle to an overall, highly sophisticated balancing act that constitutes our railcar maintenance plan. When we establish our maintenance plan, we know which wagons are due for revision and match them to one of our 40+ certified maintenance workshops.
The most common maintenance activities are:
- Tank Tests
- Wheelset Repairs
- Underframe Revisions
- Car Painting
- Inside Linings Renewal
Here is the magnitude of our maintenance service in numbers:
We execute more than 6.000 planned revisions per year
We handle an assortment of more than 800 spare parts required for the production of new railcars and maintenance of our existing fleet.
In addition to planned revisions, we also perform18.000 enroute repairs plus 20.000 wheelset repairs every year.
Our fleet is one of the youngest on the European market, a fact that plays in our favor when it comes to maintenance. Yet, we are committed to continuing to reduce fall-out rates to a minimum, here are some of the steps we are taking:
In-house Workshops at Ostroda and Plock, Poland
A lot of our expertise on quality maintenance is bolstered by the experiences we garner at our wholly-owned shop in Ostroda and Plock. Ostroda employs 250 blue-collar employees, 110 office employees and undertakes 2.000 railcar revisions and 8.000 planned wheelset repairs per year. Our shop is an integral part of our GATX locations, and the work carried out on-site includes:
- Refurbishment of railcar components
- Revision of wheelsets
- Assembly of new railcars
- Railcar Painting
Everything we learn at Ostroda, we carry to our maintenance shop network across Europe. Have a look at our Maintenance Network to see the locations of the certified maintenance shops or subscribe to our GATX newsletter to stay informed.
Send cleaned Railcars to Maintenance Shops
Finally, we do have an expert tip for you: An easy way to reduce workshop downtime… send your railcars off cleaned. Not everyone remembers to do it, but it makes a big difference – especially for workshops that do not have cleaning facilities on site. Together, we’ll be even more efficient.