BOMBARDIER Transportation will relocate its global headquarters within Berlin. The company’s new headquarters will emphasise collaboration and be located in the Eichhornstraße 3 building at Potsdamer Platz, in the heart of the German capital.
Laurent Troger, president of Bombardier Transportation, said: “Our new global headquarters is a fundamental part of our global transformation plan to make Bombardier Transportation a more agile and competitive organisation. Creating the most innovative and best-performing mobility solutions, in an increasingly competitive and digital environment, requires more active collaboration between and among our teams.
“Our new headquarters will be a catalyst for innovative ways of working and will play a major role in leveraging the benefits of the strong teamwork we have between our departments and business units, as well as customers and partners.”
In the new office about 250 employees will benefit from an optimised workplace providing an increased number of spaces for collaboration while ensuring personal productivity and a very high degree of flexibility supported by the right set of digital tools for a paper-light approach. Colourful open spaces will signal various zones, each dedicated to various types of work: workstations in open and closed environments for focused work, lively areas for interactive collaboration, dedicated socialising spaces and quiet zones for relaxation and reflection.
Moving the corporate headquarters to one of Berlin’s most iconic and historic sites underscores the company’s enduring commitment to the city and the wider European rail market.
Helping hand needed in bushfire aftermath
RAIL memorabilia with an estimated value of half a million dollars was among the casualties of an unseasonably early spate of bushfires in New South Wales.
As 86 individual fires burned across the state in the second week of September, volunteers at the Richmond Vale Railway Museum in the Hunter Valley lost a significant part of their rolling stock collection and on-site infrastructure.
Museum chairman Peter Meddows said the destruction was “devastating”.
“I’m nearly in tears now,” Mr Meddows said during one television news interview. “We’ve worked so hard.”
While neighbouring houses survived, the museum suffered $500,000 worth of damage to:
- three stainless-steel passenger cars;
- a fully restored 100-year-old brake van;
- 10 of16 restored non-air hoppers (wagons which once carried Hunter Valley coal);
- about 2.5km of track;
- a bridge on the link to Pelaw Main; and
- “a lot of older stock stored ready for restoration” (including all unrestored general freight vehicles and almost all unrestored non-air hopper wagons).
Despite the disappointment, Mr Meddows said the group would eventually recover. “We will rebuild; we will keep going. We won’t give up.”
In the short term, however, the loss of the track will be particularly debilitating as it will prevent any vehicles being run.
Mr Meddows said all offers of assistance would be welcomed. “We’re going to be looking for support from anybody who would like to help us: corporate, personal – the whole thing.”
In a statement issued later that week, the museum board said: “We wish to thank the emergency services for their efforts in fighting the Richmond Vale fire, which has caused significant damage to the museum collection despite their work.
“The museum site is now off-limits and under the control of Fire and Rescue NSW due to the presence of hazardous materials and will not reopen until that control is relinquished. Museum members and members of the public are advised that security has been posted at the museum’s access road to control admission and that police will be patrolling the area.”
The board said the losses meant the museum’s rail operations would be “suspended pending gradual track rehabilitation”.
“An announcement about other aspects of the museum’s activities will be made as soon as access issues are resolved.”
The board said it also wanted to thank “the many members of the public, kindred societies, rail industry organisations and community leaders who have expressed their sympathy and support in this devastating event”.
In the fire’s aftermath, the museum’s annual general meeting, which was scheduled to have taken place on-site on Saturday 16 September, was relocated to a church hall in nearby Kurri Kurri.
The organisation was formed in 1979 to preserve the railway and mining heritage of J&A Brown and the Hunter Valley in general.
It can be contacted through the museum’s website, www.richmondvalerailwaymuseum.org, or by telephone on +61 2 4937 5344. Details of planned fundraising events will be shared via Facebook as details are finalised.