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Bogies: Safety, reliability and comfort

First bogie for PRASA, South Africa © Alstom / TOMA – C. Jachymiak

Bogies at a glance

  • Designed to optimise total cost of ownership
  • Innovation for passenger comfort
  • Customised maintenance and repair services

As a crucial component at the heart of train dynamics, Alstom’s wide range of bogies ensures safe and cost-effective operations, as well as comfortable travelling conditions.

Suited to everyone

Our extensive catalogue of bogies meets the needs of operators of all rail solutions ranging from tramway up to very high-speed passenger rail. Adapted to suit all environments and conditions of use, our bogies are built to cater to a range of track gauges and axle loads and to function optimally at a variety of operating speeds and in extreme climates. 

Fulfilling customer requirements

Alstom bogies have a specific total cost-of-ownership focus: our tram bogies for instance are the lightest on the market, reducing track wear and energy consumption, and therefore the costs relating to operations and infrastructure maintenance. They are also easy to maintain, in particular thanks to our range of spare parts, tailored maintenance and repair services. We make a point of supporting our clients throughout the bogie life cycle, enabling them to concentrate on their core business. Furthermore, our network of component manufacturing centres on all five continents ensures unparalleled proximity with our clients.

Calibration of bogie, Le Creusot, France ©Alstom / R. Mouron

Innovation first

Specifically designed to meet local railway standards wherever they are used in the world, our bogies also display the latest technological advances, combining operational efficiency with passenger comfort. Examples include the Iponam bogie fitted to the 100-km/h Citadis Spirit light rail vehicle in North America and the tilting bogie on the Avelia Pendolino high-speed train. This innovation drive is often the decisive factor behind rolling stock contract wins, such as those for the Coradia Stream regional trains in the Netherlands and Italy in 2016; innovation supported by our experts in two bogie engineering centres located in France and Germany.

  • 2,800
    bogies manufactured every year
  • 160
    design engineers
  • 18
    component manufacturing centres worldwide, including 10 sites for bogies