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Main line locomotive project: Service for improvement of stores, spare parts management and maintenance for electronic components

Project details
Viet Nam
Donor organisation: 
Transport & Mobility
Project volume: 
222,492 €
Value of services: 
222,492 €
Start of project: 
December, 2012
End of project: 
June, 2015
Service description: 
  • Fault finding and review of maintenance procedures;

  • Development of a revised maintenance strategy and production plan;

  • Review of procurement procedures and recommendations for alternative sources for spare parts;

  • Specification of spare parts, measuring and testing equipment (incl. elaboration of bid documents);

  • Analysis/improvement of supply chain management;

  • Specification of PC-based store management system; and

  • Theoretical and practical training in fault analysis strategies; maintenance strategy; repair/exchange of components; and work planning and execution in Vietnam and in Germany.


Within the German financial co-operation with Viet Nam the Main Line Locomotive Project, based on loan agreement (Loan No. 2000 65 128), was executed with the overall objective to safeguard (and increase) the present traffic volume of Viet Nam railways. By the end of year 2008, Viet Nam Railways (VNR) has taken over a fleet of 16 CoCo locomotives manufactured by Siemens delivering a comparably high tractive effort. The new locomotives were characterized by modern AC/AC three phase traction technology.

However, the majority of the existing locomotive fleet had Diesel hydraulic propulsion. Thus the new locomotives with AC/AC three phase technology so far represented a rather small but important part in the fleet of VNR. To secure the sustainable maintenance of the locomotives the maintenance procedures were improved and the workshop personal needed to be prepared for maintenance of the new electronic components. The project consisted of three main components: (1) fault-finding and maintenance improvement of electronic components; (2) stores control and supply chain management including preparation of specifications for required measuring equipment and spare parts; and (3) training of concerned VNR staff in Viet Nam and in Germany.