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Eye-catching Infrastructure Support Point in Landquart

It has been attracting attention for about a year now. The modern red building bearing the RhB logo close to Landquart station. If you go past it on the train or on the motorway, you simply can’t miss it. But what goes on inside the building? Come and tak

Christian Florin, Leiter Infrastruktur, 29. March 2021

Landquart is the birthplace of the Rhaetian Railway: the first line to Klosters was built from here over 130 years ago. Workshops, service buildings and workplaces have since been built around the station. Today, around 600 RhB employees work here in Landquart. A development that left its mark. The various employees of the “Infrastructure” department in particular were spread all over the site, which made things difficult when it came to cooperation.

Two birds with one stone

With the new building at the station – we call it the “Infrastructure Support Point” or “ISP” for short – we were able to master two challenges: first of all, we were able to create a central hub for everyone working in Infrastructure in Landquart. Secondly, at the same time the relocation gave us the chance to create space for the expansion of the rolling stock workshops, which we need for the maintenance of the new trains.

Location, location, location

The site of the ISP is perfectly designed for its use. On the one hand, it is very close to the passenger station, which means short commutes for staff in Infrastructure. And on the other, tracks run directly into the ISP, so it is connected to the railway network, enabling quick intervention in the event of a disruption.

A tour of the building

But what exactly is in this big building?

  • The second basement is where you find all road vehicles, and that means they are quickly ready for use.
  • The team rooms and the cloakrooms with the small material stores for rapid deployment are directly above the second basement.
  • The ground floor houses the workshops and the parking hall for the rail-bound vehicles for intervention operations or also for maintenance work on tracks, overhead lines and other infrastructure facilities.
  • The middle floor has space for the approximately 70 sales force employees as well as additional workshops and smaller material stores.
  • On the top floor there are 50 workplaces and seven multifunctional meeting rooms. These can be used individually or connected to form one large space, resulting in a maximum capacity of over 200 people in one room.  While we were allocating the offices, we took into consideration which teams often work together and where working distances could be shortened. After a year in operation, the employees have obviously settled in well, have moved closer together and that means that many tasks can now be carried out more efficiently than before.
  • Large photovoltaic systems were placed on the roof; they supply the necessary energy.

Construction in time lapse

The ISP is part of the overall project “Landquart station, renovation and conversion from 2018 to 2028”. In just 22 months from 2018 to 2020, the modern new building with a volume of 43,000 m3 was created at a cost of 34 million francs. We have put together a time-lapse video of the construction of the ISP for you:

What do employees who work in “Infrastructure” actually do?

The working groups, which are part of the “Infrastructure” business division, maintain and modernise the railway lines and stations. They maintain tracks, points, overhead lines and safety systems, and ensure that the various routes and stations can be used safely at all times of the year whatever the weather. For example, they are responsible for making frozen points usable again or repairing an overhead line that has been severed by a fallen tree. Not all RhB employees from “Infrastructure” work in Landquart – other infrastructure offices can be found, for example, at Bergün, Ilanz and Poschiavo.

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