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Voith Turbo Schargenberg GmbH - Articles and news items

New U.S. standards create safer trains

Issue 4 2012 / 1 August 2012 /

With experience from Voith Turbo, latest specifications help define Crash Energy Management systems for U.S. rail systems.

The U.S. rail system has always trailed behind those in the global rail market in utilising the latest technology, but new regulations institut – ing Crash Energy Management (CEM) is accelerating them into the modern world.

Two major rail accidents occurred in the U.S. making national headlines and forcing the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration to take notice. In 2005, a fatal train crash in Glendale, California, killed 11 passengers after a rail car hit a sports utility vehicle left abandoned on the rail, causing the train to jackknife and collide with other cars. After this incident, the U.S. Federal Railroad Administration started to acknowledge that an update to the current safety regulations may be necessary.

During this time, a new procurement for additional Metrolink cars was put on hold, upon further U.S. government investigation. During the FRA investigations in 2006, Voith Turbo was invited to a test of the CEM system, along with representatives from the Southern California Regional Rail Authority. Voith Turbo has already been a supplier of this CEM technology worldwide, so it was a quite familiar application.

Interview Spotlight: Gerd Aurich

Issue 3 2012 / 8 June 2012 /

What products/solutions can Voith Turbo Scharfenberg offer the European railway marketplace?

Based on standardised modular components, Voith Turbo Scharfenberg has made its mark as a system provider of energy absorbing components for trains. Our product range covers automatic and semi-permanent couplers, impact protection modules and crash buffers, up to complete train front-end systems includ – ing kinematics and control units. The whole production process takes place at the Salzgitter site in Germany. The result: Perfectly matched modules of constantly high quality. This and the standardised interfaces provide great benefits, especially in the fields of test, commissioning, operation and maintenance.

Tell us about a recent project(s) that Voith Turbo Scharfenberg has been involved with for the Russian railway marketplace?

One of our present projects for regional transport is the certification of different coupler types for the Desiro platform, which will also be running in Sochi for the Winter Olympic Games in 2014. Here, we have already reached the final stage of product certification.