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Austrian freight cars getting lighter and more compact

The voestalpine group is building a new type of freight car with different superstructures in a lightweight design. It will be deployed for the first time ever this fall, transporting Austrian ore to the manufacturer’s headquarter in Linz by train.

05 Oct. 2018
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Austrian freight cars getting lighter and more compact (Photo: voestalpine AG)

At InnoTrans, the international trade fair for transport technology in Berlin, Austrian technology group voestalpine presented its TransANT . The new, lightweight freight car was developed in collaboration with the Rail Cargo Group (RCG) of the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). Voestalpine cites lower production costs and a higher vehicle load capacity as main advantages.

The TransANT will be built in seven different lengths ranging from 33 to 70 feet (10 to 21 meters) and feature an interchangeable superstructure optimized for various industry-specific applications. LogServ, the logistics subsidiary of the voestalpine Steel Division provides the expertise on the requirements and on different possible uses. Though this a steel construction, the cars are expected to be 20% lighter than standard models, as voestalpine applies its experience from automotive engineering, among other areas. In addition, the topology was optimized by an algorithm calculating a design recommendation based on defined parameters. The result is a construction that combines minimum weight with maximum strength.