Voith to Overhaul Eurotunnel Trains During Regular Service
“Voith knew how to use its resources to meet all commitments and Eurotunnel could meet the challenges of the major maintenance campaign with the help of Voith. The cooperation among our teams was full of lessons for both parties and was the key to the success of this first overhaul”, says Nicolas Beaugrand, Concession Procurement Director.
Semi-permanent couplers situated between the carriages will replace the existing T110 couplers in all sections of the trains that do not need to be automatically decoupled. However, in an emergency, manual decoupling is still possible. For such an event, a specific new solution has been devised, which allows separating the E-couplers while they are still connected. In addition, the old coupler drawbars including dampers will be replaced by new parts across the entire train. Coupler drawbars ensure energy absorption throughout the train and allow quieter running.
Over a period of more than three weeks, Voith Turbo Scharfenberg has prepared Eurotunnel and the local operator for the overhaul – with training sessions on site as well as in Salzgitter, the location of Voith Turbo Scharfenberg. Moreover, Voith will supply most of the spare parts and carry out the refurbishment of technically demanding components such as bearing brackets, muff couplings or bolts.
Voith Turbo, a Group Division of Voith GmbH, is a specialist for intelligent drive solutions and systems. Customers from highly diverse industries such as oil and gas, energy, mining and metal processing, mechanical engineering, ship technology, rail and commercial vehicles rely on advanced technologies from Voith Turbo.
Voith sets standards in the markets energy, oil & gas, paper, raw materials and transportation & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith employs almost 39 000 people, generates € 5.3 billion in sales, operates in about 50 countries around the world and is today one of the biggest family-owned companies in Europe.