GERMAN Rail (DB) and VTG have released the interim results of the “Innovative Freight Wagon” research project to construct and test lighter, quieter and more energy-efficient freight wagons, with four types of test vehicles completing more than half of the 150,000 test kilometres since coming into operation in March.
GERMANY’s minister for transport and digital infrastructure Mr Alexander Dobrindt has introduced draft legislation aimed at banning the operation of freight wagons which are deemed to be too noisy. If approved, the ruling would come into effect after the end of 2020.
GERMANY's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure has invited bids for the construction and testing of innovative freight wagons as part of the federal government's Quiet Track strategy to invest around €1bn by 2020 in measures to curb noise from rail operations.
INNOVATION is the key to success as it will improve our competitiveness by providing leading-edge technologies. We have to make sure we are always one step ahead of others when it comes to technology and know-how - especially in the areas of energy efficiency, productivity/throughput, asset utilisation, improvements in infrastructure and rolling stock availability, travel experience for passengers, and, last but not least, climate and environmental friendliness.