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[post_date] => 2018-04-03 12:49:13
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[post_content] => Operational testing of Germany’s ‘Innovative Freight Wagon’ research project is now underway. The research project, aimed at accelerating the use of quieter, more energy efficient and more economical freight wagons is now in a critical stage, with trials running to the end of the year. The project, commissioned by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), is being implemented by a working group led by DB Cargo and VTG.
Twelve innovative freight wagon prototypes being used as part of the project have left Minden, near Hanover, Germany, as part of the tests. Track trials are set to continue until the end of 2018 with various routes being tested - initially in Germany and then, following approval, in neighbouring countries as well. The trials will cover some 150,000 km and will provide substantiated results related to wear and tear and economic efficiency.
Conventional vehicles have been grouped alongside the innovative freight wagons in order to serve as a reference for the study. Two different types of automatic couplers are also being tested as part of the operational trial. In order to be able to test different wagons, one car each type is moving fully loaded, one car is loaded to 50 per cent and one car is transported empty.
During January and February 2018 noise and energy measurements were taken by an independent third party on behalf of BMVI. After a range of component configurations were tested on the new wagons at the test site in Minden, results have revealed that a combination of new construction and innovative components has a positive impact in terms of energy consumption and intended noise abatement levels. Three out of four wagon types were able to fall below the current TSI noise limit specifications for newbuild wagons; in certain cases, more than -5 dB(A) was achieved.
VTG AG is testing a wide range of common wagon types for this project, such as an 80-foot container car and a tank car. DB Cargo is assessing a six-axle flat wagon for transporting steel products and a car transporter. All the wagons are fitted with innovative components that have generally not achieved high levels of market penetration but should contribute towards greater noise migration and reduced energy consumption.
In some instances, all four vehicle types are being tested with new components. These include an electro-pneumatic brake, a digital brake indicator, power and data bus wiring and quiet wheelsets with wheel noise absorbers. Other features, such as targeted weight-saving designs, are being used on specific wagons in the trials. VTG has also equipped its wagons with the Nexiot telematics units it has rolling out across its fleet since late 2016.
The innovative freight wagons will be showcased at the Innotrans trade fair in September 2018 in Berlin, alongside the preliminary findings of the project. A full evaluation will be carried out after the project’s completion in December 2018.
VTG is a publicly traded wagon hire and rail logistics company with around 80,000 railcars in its fleet, making it the biggest privately owned fleet in Europe.
[post_title] => Rail: Tomorrow's train set
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Rail: Tomorrow’s train set