Berlin’s InnoTrans 2016 (Part Two)
As I mentioned in my last blog entry, InnoTrans has a large outdoor exhibition area. Most of the new ideas in rolling stock, maintenance of way machinery and other large railway related items are exhibited here. For us foamers and anoraks this is the chance of being the proverbial kid in the candy store. One can get close up and personal with one’s favorite electric locomotive as it were. And as an added bonus Wiebe GmbH’s little C coupled steam engine was again giving cab rides as it did during the last few exhibitions.
Totally new this year was the inclusion of electric buses.
Speaking of infrastructure: There seemed to be much more infrastructure related equipment on display this year. The Liebherr company, they of the ubiquitous tower construction crane fame, had a significant presence.
I must admit that there were some interesting front end designs to be found. The PESA unit above seems to be in a permanent bad mood. This Hungarian built train below looks like it just ate a canary:
This one looks like a hamster with his cheeks stuffed full. In fact it is a four car unit for the driverless Riyad Metro:
And how about this Üstra train. Built by Vossloh Kiepe and Alstom for the city of Hannover in Germany:
It is rare to see any kind of British railway equipment during InnoTrans. This year however the Swiss firm Stadler exhibited one of their new locomotives for the UK market. The British rail system classifies these as Class 88. They are Bo Bo machines with the capability to run under 25 kv overhead or with diesel power on non-electrified sections of the network. They are not just “last mile” machines, but designed to haul an entire train on diesel power from the origination point to the end point.
Also very interesting was this idea from the French company Lohr. Basically what we call TOFC (trailer on flat car) here in the USA, but with a twist. This rail car does not need any ramps or cranes to get the truck trailer loaded. The bed just swings out and the trailer can just be driven on or off the unit.
Totally new was this experimental multiple unit from Alstom. Powered by hydrogen it will be tested on the German rail network for about a year. Not only do we now have EMUs and DMUs, but also HMUs!
Vossloh Kiepe company showed off their new units for the famous “Wuppertaler Schwebebahn”. Here is a photo of a motor/wheel assembly:
Like I mentioned earlier, for the first time electric buses were also on display. A capacitor bus and a quick charge battery bus could be admired.
So there you have it. I just scratched the surface of what there was to see. I will just have to go back in 2018!
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