LOCMASTA, the Locomotive Maintenance Station, was opened in Gramatneusiedl on 20th May 2022 in glorious weather and in the presence of well-known names from the local railway industry.
The location may sound a little exotic at first, but Gramatneusiedl is actually right at the heart of Europe, where the continent’s most important transport corridors from all directions meet. “For ELL and our partners ÖBB Train Tech and LTE (Logistics & Transport Europe), this is the key factor,” says Christoph Katzensteiner, “because it minimises locomotive downtime and guarantees rapid operational readiness.” LOCMASTA was indeed created by the partners for light maintenance and service work. The 1,200 m2 workshop will therefore initially focus on ELL partners and Siemens Vectron locomotives. However, the site also serves as a stopover for train drivers and is a hotspot for training and further education, “because the ELL Academy aims to meet its partners’ needs for precise training, thus playing its part in efficiently counteracting the acute staff shortage in the industry,” says Katzensteiner in summary.
On the opening day, partners and friends of the business got the chance to see the operators’ drive for perfection for themselves at a successful presentation on site, accompanied by culinary and musical treats.