Underground Rail Haulage Automated Mining System

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Schalke

Accomplishing more together – Schalke’s underground rail haulage automated mining system is a shining example of concentrating expertise and benefitting from synergies.

The efficient movement of freight 24 hours a day, 365 days a year is essential to a modern and productive resource industry.

Specifically designed for industrial and mining applications, Bombardier Transportation, Schalke and Nordic Minesteel Technologies joint solution optimises and maximises the rapid transport of raw materials to enable fully automated, continuous, efficient productivity.

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Locomotives for Urban Rail

Schalke develops, manufactures and supplies its locomotives to locations throughout the world. They are tailor-made to handle widely varying customer requirements and equipped with highly practical innovations such as exchangeable Powerpacks. Schalke locomotives for urban rail provide maximum versatility and can be used to perform a variety of tasks in suburban and regional passenger rail transport systems. They are in daily use to perform service or maintenance work in the underground and tram rail networks of cities such as Vienna, Bangkok and São Paulo. Optimised for use in underground and urban rail networks, the 36-tonne MT-S-600-BE multi-system service locomotive has been designed as a lightweight that achieves an axle load of only 9 tonnes. At the same time it has a high power density and can be operated throughout an entire shift without catenary input, thanks to its battery capacity of 540 Ah. [gallery ids="16047,16048,16046"]

Diesel-Electric Locomotives

Schalke developed the four-axle GMF 4/4 287 diesel-electric locomotive especially for the needs of the “Infrastructure” department of Switzerland’s Rhaetian Railway. Its design fulfils a broad range of basic requirements for special circumstances, as the railway has a narrow loading gauge (tunnel gauge) and a low axle load of 16 tonnes. The narrow, metre-gauge track gauge includes small curve radii as tight as 40 metres. The locomotive is particularly suitable for high-altitude areas with steep slopes of 70‰ as an adhesion railway. Moreover, it is reliable under extreme climatic conditions: its application range stretches from temperatures of -35 °C to +40 °C and it even runs on fine, crystalline snow. [gallery ids="15565,15573,15570"]

Modular Shunting Locomotives

Short and compact the MMT-S-400-BDE modular shunting locomotive is ideal for intensive shunting work. The ModuTrac locomotive is modularly designed and equipped with quickly exchange-able power modules, enabling it to switch from one mode of traction to another, from diesel to battery operation for example. This ability makes the locomotive extremely flexible to use and means it can also be operated with the technologies of the future. The modular design is made possible by state-of-the-art inverter technology.

Production Locomotives

Using a modular system, the SMT-M-100-BDE production locomotive was developed by Schalke as a new standard vehicle and enlarges the company’s portfolio for mining vehicles to include a model that features a comparatively low total weight. It is ideal for use as a production locomotive in smaller mines with lower capacities, but can also be practical for use in larger- scale mines, for example as a service vehicle. Although its design is fundamentally simple, the technology used in it is still of excellent quality and the locomotive itself is extremely robust and long-lasting. [gallery ids="15574,15567,15569"]

Multi-System Locomotives

The MMT-M-270-BDE multi-system locomotive is designed with a central cab and is currently the heaviest twin-axle locomotive Schalke manufactures. Each wheelset is driven by a 135-kW AC electric traction motor. Two state-of-the-art, amongst others liquid-cooled IGBT-controlled traction converters make it possible to control each wheelset individually. The locomotive is designed with a hybrid power supply system, featuring a pantograph for overhead catenary and Powerpacks for diesel or battery operation. The Powerpacks can be quickly and smoothly replaced in approximately one hour as required. This ModuTrac locomotive is therefore equipped with several state-of-the-art traction technology systems simultaneously. The MT-M-900-EEB locomotive is designed with an end cab and has a total weight of 108 tonnes, distributed over four axles. Each wheelset is driven by a 225-kW AC traction motor and can be individually controlled, thanks to state-of-the-art, amongst others liquid-cooled, IGBT-controlled traction converter technology.

Mining Locomotives

Extremely tough conditions prevail wherever the mining locomotives from Schalke are in use – mostly in round- the-clock operation. In some cases they are operating in depths of more than one thousand metres below ground level and in mines of all types of climatic zones, from northern Sweden to the Indonesian tropics, in their daily work as highly robust work horses. [gallery ids="16162,15568,15576"]

Special Purpose Locomotives

Uniquely developed to suit exacting customer requirements, Schalke's special purpose locomotives offer a high power density under extreme conditions and can be custom-built for demanding traction tasks in industry or ports. Whether above ground or in the underground tunnels of major cities, customers benefit from Schalke’s main advantages: incredible flexibility in finding custom-made solutions and experience that spans three centuries. [gallery ids="15571,15566,15572"]

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