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Locomotive bogie condition maintenance

R&D Projects
"Advanced technology for locomotive bogie maintenance”

The good condition of freight locomotive bogies is essential for the optimal operation of the railway sector. As a consequence, the improvement of their maintenance methods and quality of services as well as the reduction of associated costs represent a constant concern for the sector. The EU-funded LOCATE project comprises a consortium of six institutions from the academic, business and professional sectors, specialising in the development of critical electronic systems, sensing technologies, railway management and infrastructure research. The project is developing cost-effective methodologies to access the condition of locomotive bogies to implement a condition-based maintenance programme. LOCATE will contribute to improve the availability of the rolling stock and optimise maintenance.


The LOCATE project will develop a set of tools to access the condition of freight locomotive bogies to imple-ment a condition based maintenance program. It is the goal of LOCATE to contribute to an optimization of the availability of rolling stock, the quality of service, maintenance costs and return of investment.

The LOCATE project consortium is composed by 6 entities from 4 different countries, namely:

  • EVOLEO Technologies: SME dedicated to the development of critical electronic systems;
  • IST Instituto Superior Técnico: University and Research Centre
  • University of Huddersfield: University and Research Centre
  • FGC Ferrocarrils de la Generalitat de Catalunya: Railway Operator, Railway Infrastructure Manager, Railway Entity in charge of Maintenance, Research
  • UIC International Union of Railways: International Association of Railways Operators and Infrastruc-ture Managers
  • VIBRATEC: SME dedicated to sensing technologies.