The WINDHOFF Pit Stop Concept: Get Back on Track Faster
Between 2017 and 2018, the most complex and technically sophisticated in-floor lifting system in the world was built in Olten, Switzerland.
Last week the recently completed ICE maintenance depot in Cologne-Nippes was opened with an official ceremony. This plant is the first carbon-neutral maintenance plant in Europe.
According to Deutsche Bahn (DB) it will reduce CO2 emissions by 1,000 tons and is operated without using any fossil fuel.
The new ICE depot has been fitted with four 430-meter-long elevated rail tracks for the maintenance of the ICE fleet with 68 rail bridges, wheelset drops, a turntable bogie drop pit for the exchange of the bogies, a turntable and a traction cable installation for the external cleaning system (train wash facility) all supplied by Windhoff.
In addition Windhoff supplied the emission-free, battery-electrically driven shunter TeleTrac RW60AEM-QF complete with transverse gear. It is used as a shunting vehicle for a subfloor turntable to ensure that the wheelsets are positioned with high precision. Hydraulically driven, lowerable running gear for road mode with heavy-duty wheels are positioned on the face of the 34-ton shunter so that the vehicle can be lifted and positioned laterally on a concrete slab in transverse direction to the rail tracks whenever necessary.
Windhoff is proud of having made a major contribution towards the realisation of this groundbreaking project.
Windhoff Bahn- und Anlagentechnik GmbH, Rheine, Germany, is a worldwide supplier of a broad range of high-tech rail products with a focus on rail vehicles and railway as well as shunting technology.
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