Transurb examines brakes of Moroccan trains
The Moroccan rail operator ONCF has ordered an audit and diagnosis of the passenger trains. 12 Belgian-made electric multiple units of the ZMC type were checked by the Brussels-based technology company Transurb. It examined the braking system of this type.
The request for audit was caused by the ONCF need to certify shunting techniques involving the brake function of the ZMC trains. Transurb made a review of the ZMC trains in accordance with four tasks: audit and diagnosis of the brake function of the ZMC units, return of experience from the Belgian railway operator NMBS/SNCB on state-of-the-art evolutions regarding this railcar braking system as well as its maintenance process, review of the brake function maintenance organisational framework to identify any reinforcement that could positively impact the mastery of the maintenance process, reports and recommendations based on the detailed expertise. Transurb reported to ONCF on the brake function operational conditions and its maintenance process. The Belgian company also provided the Moroccan operator with recommendations for improvement of the current braking system and its maintenance.
The ZMC three-car trains were produced by the Belgian rolling stock manufacturer La Brugeoise et Nivelles (now a part of Bombardier Transportation). They are similar to the AM80 vehicles still operated by NMBS/SNCB. La Brugeoise et Nivelles assembled around 140 vehicles of this type, 14 of them were delivered to Morocco. The first batch of eight trains was supplied in 1983-1984, the second delivery was made in 1992. Besides Belgium and Morocco, two AM80 trains ran in Luxembourg. The country’s railway operator CFL sold them to NMBS/SNCB.