Knorr-Bremse Service Deal for Swedish RR Line

MUNICH — Knorr-Bremse has signed an important service agreement with A-Train AB, operator of Sweden’s iconic Arlanda Express. This will safeguard the operation of the express trains that carry a large part of the traffic to and from Stockholm Arlanda Airport.

The deal once again demonstrates Knorr-Bremse’s expertise as a provider of solutions for maintaining fleet operability and helps to deliver reliable rail mobility for travelers in the Stockholm region.

Frank Uder, Vice President RailServices of Knorr-Bremse Rail Vehicle Systems said, “Knorr-Bremse RailServices supports customers as a highly reliable partner, providing comprehensive services for sustainable train operations and efficient fleet maintenance over the entire rail vehicle life cycle.

“This order for the Arlanda Express – one of Stockholm’s major mobility options – highlights the rail sector’s growing need for customized service solutions that keep rail operations efficient and available for passengers.”

Two modules with one goal: to safeguard sustainable rail travel

The service contract, which runs to the end of 2028, comprises two modules.

First, a refreshment service (for overhauls) that will extend the operating lifetime of the braking systems by reducing failure rates and so help to enable smooth, trouble-free train operation.

Second, a proactive obsolescence management service to ensure the availability of electronic components, for example by stockpiling discontinued parts. This will support the timely repair and reliable operation of the braking systems over the long term.

For the Arlanda Express trains that transport travelers between the city and the airport at speeds of up to 200 km/h (125 mph), these services are vitally important. The trains’ braking systems have been in operation for over 20 years and are increasingly affected by the discontinuation of electronic components.

A challenge which Knorr-Bremse’s service package now overcomes as part of a holistic approach to rail vehicle life cycle management.

Making travel available by securing critical components

Knorr-Bremse’s Parts Availability Service offers customers tailor-made service packages that fulfil their requirements for smooth, reliable train operation. Since the service was introduced about two years ago, a double-digit number of customers have ordered optimized packages, including A-Train AB.

During the same period, sales of Knorr-Bremse’s Parts Availability Service packages have increased by 67%, reflecting the sector’s growing need for flexible solutions over the whole rail vehicle life cycle.

RailServices: end-to-end life-cycle management for rail vehicles

With a customer-centric service portfolio, Knorr-Bremse RailServices enables efficient, future-proof train fleets worldwide. In addition to the availability solutions covered by the RailServices support motto “Keep your fleet RUNNING”, Knorr-Bremse offers customers many other service packages.

These include solutions for improving trains’ environmental footprint (e.g. by retrofitting eco-friendly technologies), solutions for optimizing processes (e.g. maintenance and service processes) and solutions for modernizing train fleets (e.g. by installing product and system upgrades).


Mike Geylin
Mike Geylin

Mike Geylin is the Editor-in-Chief at Hagman Media. Geylin has been in automotive communications for five decades working in all aspects of the industry from OEM to supplier to motorsports as well as reporting for both newspapers and magazines on the industry.