DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung repairs double-decker coaches in Haifa
Just like in Germany, modern double-decker coaches are a familiar sight on the Israeli rail network. Israel Railways (ISR) can rely on experts from DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung to help them out in tricky cases.
ISR recently called on DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung to repair two accident-damaged carriages in its fleet. The German specialists repaired one of the vehicles on location in Haifa. DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung sent four engineers along with replacement parts to the Israeli city in November last year. It took around ten days to put the carriage back in working order at the Kishon depot.
With the damage to the second coach too severe to repair in Israel, DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung shipped the vehicle from Ashdod to Antwerp. From there, it travelled by inland waterway to Gelsenkirchen and finally by rail to the Wittenberge Maintenance Depot. Test runs in Haifa and a return to service were planned for June following successful repairs and transport back to Israel.
ISR has been working with DB Fahrzeuginstandhaltung for many years. The rail company currently has a fleet of approximately 400 Bombardier double-decker carriages, the same type of rolling stock used in Germany. The company carried almost 60 million passengers in 2016.