Wheely Good: DB Cargo UK introduces new wheel shop services at Toton and Stoke

The UK’s leading rail freight operator is enjoying a double celebration after creating world-class wheel lathe facilities and being awarded a prestigious industry accreditation.

DB Cargo UK has further improved its production capabilities by opening a new wheel lathe facility in Toton and has also been awarded key accreditation from the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) to produce powered wheelsets at its workshop in Stoke.

Both developments mean that DB Cargo UK can now service and manufacture wagon and powered wheelsets for third parties, whilst also servicing its own fleet.

The new wheel lathe at Toton will also mean that DB Cargo UK can reprofile wheels on rail wagons without them having to be removed, which will provide an even quicker and more efficient service.

The Stoke workshop is operated by Axiom Rail, a sister company of DB Cargo UK. The RISAS status granted at Stoke qualifies DB Cargo UK to manufacture powered wheelsets for part of its fleet, including its Class 66 locomotives, in addition to regular wagon wheelsets.

Andrew Byrne, Head of Maintenance at DB Cargo UK, said:

‘These developments build on DB Cargo UK’s ability to service its own fleet and add to the services it can offer to external companies too.

‘We’ve created world class facilities. This demonstrates DB Cargo UK’s dedication to advancing technology and new innovations and developments.’

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