40 years are enough: The current ÖBB fleet for maintenance work will be retired in the foreseeable future after four decades of service. 56 vehicles from the track construction machine specialists Plasser & Theurer, who had already manufactured the previous fleet, will move up.
The first finished vehicle was presented to the public on Thursday. The new fleet is powered by electricity instead of diesel and is powered by overhead power lines or a battery. This enables zero-emission work on the construction sites. The workers – up to eleven can be accommodated in the vehicle – have access to a social cubicle, a sanitary facility and a workshop.
The ÖBB will use the vehicles, which can reach speeds of up to 120 km/h, of which there are three types, for the maintenance and new construction of overhead lines, among other things. They are currently being tested on the rails and should be used for the first time at the end of 2024. The order, worth almost 250 million euros, is Plasser & Theurer’s largest single order in the company’s 70-year history, said Managing Director Johannes Max-Theurer. The maintenance vehicles will be delivered over the next five years.