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Unimog gets innovation prize.

Business magazine puts Unimog road-railer at the top of the ranking list.

Every two years the "Privatbahn Magazin" rewards ground-breaking new products and features in the rail sector with a prize for innovation. The proven Unimog road-railer technology with BlueTec 6 impressed the jurors. And made the Unimog number 1 in the category Energy and Environment. Special plus factor: the high savings potential for fuel consumption compared with diesel shunting locomotives.

Unimog U 423 at the top.

The coveted trophy of the leading business paper in the industry is awarded in the categories Rail Vehicles, Locomotives and Multiple Units, Components, Equipment, Railway Technology Products, Track and Infrastructure, Energy and Environment. A total of 20 exhibits at the trade fair Innotrans 2016 in Berlin were contenders. Among them: the Unimog U 423.

Convincing efficiency.

The expert jury, comprised of specialists from rail companies, scientist and advisory board members of the Privatbahn Magazin, were particularly impressed by the Unimog and its environmental compatibility and economy. The focus was on the drive system with the 5.1 litre diesel four-cylinder OM 934 LA Euro VI engine rated at 170 kW (231 hp). This low-maintenance, high-torque Mercedes-Benz engine generation harbours high savings potential when it comes to fuel consumption, especially compared with conventional diesel shunting locomotives. Also in its favour is the fact that in its road-railer version the Unimog is fitted as standard with special tyres and rims for operation on standard gauge and broad gauge (1435 mm – 1676 mm).

Further advantages of this Unimog variant: fast rerailing and rail/road changeover possible with a hydraulic lifting and pivoting system, speeds on the rails of up to 50 km/h – forwards and backwards - and on the road of up to 90 km/h.

Further reading: Unimog is versatile on roads and rails

Unimog meets various requirements since 55 years.

Ever since 1962, when the first 411a model Unimog with the 23 kW (32 hp) OM 636 four-cylinder diesel engine (construction period 10/1961-3/1993) was delivered for a customer in North Baden as a road-railer vehicle, its advantages in this application segment have been well known. He is considered as a fully fledged shunting vehicle with a towing capacity of up to 800 t and as an implement carrier for a varied range of tasks in the field of track infrastructure such as clear cutting work, track-cleaning, maintenance of the overhead lines, track-laying and for clearing snow.

Award from a leading rail magazine.

The "Privatbahn Magazin" has been published for ten years now. With current news, reports and interviews from the corporate world, the fields of transport policy, economy, technology and logistics it is aimed at the management and stakeholders of railroad industry and rail operators in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg. The Article is published on a two-monthly basis by Bahn-Media in Suhlendorf / district of Uelzen (Lower Saxony).

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Unimog in road-rail operations.