AUSTRIA: Transmashholding’s maintenance services business LocoTech and Austrian Federal Railways’ ÖBB Technische Services have signed an agreement to co-operate to modernise, maintain and lease locomotives used in Austria, Hungary and southeast Europe.

As the the first stage of the planned co-operation, LocoTech is to develop a concept for the modernisation of electric locomotives.

ÖBB TS is interested in the modernisation of up to 80 Class 1144 electric locomotives originally manufactured by BBC, ELIN, Siemens and SGP in 1976-95 as Class 1044.