VR FleetCare takes over a new field of operation – a lifetime extension and overhaul Helsinki City Transport’s metro trains

2. October 2019
VR FleetCare has taken over a new field of operation since the company won the bidding process for the lifetime extension and overhaul of Helsinki City Transport’s (HKL) metro trains M100 and M200 in April 2019.

The objective of VR FleetCare is to expand the maintenance company into a competitive, multi-brand maintenance service for railroad vehicles and to extend its customer base from rolling stock to other railroad vehicles.

“Winning the call for tenders for the lifetime extension and overhaul of HKL’s metro trains is strategically very important to us, as this is our first project of such a large scale in the public sector. We are also seeking growth with other railroad vehicles in Finland and the neighboring countries in the future, too.”
VR FleetCare’s Ltd’s CEO Kimmo Soini
A total of 102 metro train cars to be modernized

The production phase for the lifetime extension and overhaul commences towards the end of 2019, and the last metro train to undergo modernization and overhaul will be back in service in June 2023. The objective is to improve the drivers’ work environment and to modernize the look and feel of the trains.

A total of 39 M100 metro trains manufactured by Valmet/Strömberg and 12 M200 trains manufactured by Bombardier are subject to the overhauls. Overall, the project covers 102 metro train cars.

The lifetime extension and modernization include surface treatment the trains’ bodyshells, updating the passenger information system and modernizing the interior of the passenger compartments. Additionally, the drivers’ cab in the M100 metro trains are fully modernized, including the driver desk.

“We have decades of experience in similar overhauls and railroad vehicle alteration projects. The work will be performed in VR-Group’s existing production facilities, which offer excellent conditions for such work.”
VR FleetCare’s Ltd’s CEO Kimmo Soini


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