Today, rail vehicles move on long stretches without freight nor passengers. These rolling stocks have to be maintained in a few large and inefficient workshops demoting competition, binding vehicle resources, wasting time and incurring unnecessary costs. This railway maintenance happens on an already capacity-restrained infrastructure.
Here are some facts:
- 40 % of operator total assets are bound in rail wagons
- 45 % of gross mileage is empty hauling on over-utilized networks
- A simple repair takes between 2 to 7 days to complete.
Does this sound like the 21st century, the age of mobility and flexibility, where Amazon delivers goods by drones and Google builds autonomous cars? Isn’t there a better way?
What if the same principles that went into Amazon’s drones and Google’s cars were applied to the maintenance of rail vehicles? What if their maintenance was mobile and flexible?