Unimog presents versatility in road-rail operations.
For the eleventh time InnoTrans, the leading international fair for rail and road traffic technology, opened its doors in Berlin from 20 to 23 September 2016. One again three Unimog models were on display to demonstrate their performance potential to the expected 150,000 or so specialist visitors.
New features at the show for road and rail operations.
On stand no. O/234 in the outside area, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks was for the first time presenting a track maintenance vehicle based on the Unimog U 423 with a special combination. This new vehicle type is equipped with a crane body for flexible working assignments on the infrastructure. The road-rail Unimog can also be used for shunting operations. This allows full use of the Unimog's operating capacity, and therefore particularly cost-effective operation.
Also on display at the InnoTrans show was a U 423 with a working platform and cradle car system. It has a long wheelbase, develops an output of 170 kW (231 hp) and can be used on rail networks with tight curve radii from around 17 m. Thanks to its hydrostatic drive system, the Unimog can also be conveniently and sensitively remote controlled from the extended working platform. This Unimog is particularly suitable for the maintenance of tramways, e.g. the overhead lines.
As the third exhibit, Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks was displaying a Unimog U 423 for radio remote controlled shunting operations. The remote control system and the entire rail technology of the Unimog on display come from the Zagro company. This includes e.g. the rail guidance system and a wagon braking system designed for up to 52 wagon axles (around 800 t).
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