Unimog handed over to DB FuhrparkService GmbH: Unimog makes for economical shunting at DB Fernverkehr

October 2016
Stuttgart / Berlin
  • Attractive environmental and fuel consumption results
  • Shunting with high towed loads
  • Road-rail Unimog replaces a shunting locomotive

Stuttgart / Berlin – The latest generation of the Unimog U 423 was handed over to DB FuhrparkService GmbH in Berlin as part of the world's leading exhibition for the railway industry, InnoTrans. The Unimog will be used at DB Fernverkehr in Hanover as a shunting vehicle with radio remote control, among other things for pulling ICE trains though the wash.

Good environmental track record in shunting operations

Marc Bröcker, Head of Sales at DB FuhrparkService (a sister company of DB Rent), saw predominantly the environmental friendliness and economic aspects as the decisive reasons for picking the new Unimog. "The Unimog brings strict road emissions standards to the rails, too, and thus has particularly low emissions values." Furthermore, the modern drive technology offers high savings potential in terms of fuel consumption. And last but not least, the Unimog is cheaper to procure for shunting operations than a traditional shunting locomotive and has the added bonus of having low running costs."

The Unimog U 423 handed over is equipped with a rail gear designed by ZARGO featuring CAN bus safety control. This ensures the vehicle remains safely on the tracks whilst also conforming to the latest safety regulations. Despite having a low vehicle weight, the Unimog develops its enormous towing capacity by making use of the favourable friction values between rubber and steel. The compact axle dimensions ensure that the road-rail Unimog does not need a separate rail gear. The torque-converter clutch available ex factory increases the engine's pulling-away torque, thus enabling smooth towing without wearing out the clutch.

Unimog replaces a shunting locomotive

"The new U 423 will replace one of our older shunting locomotives," says Marian Meyer, Group head of the shunting service at DB Fernverkehr. "What's more, the Unimog can be used as a towing vehicle at speeds between one and two kilometres per hour, which makes it ideal for use in cleaning our ICE trains."

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    At the Mercedes-Benz InnoTrans exhibition stand, Marc Bröcker, DB FuhrparkService (centre), and Marian Meyer, DB Fernverkehr (right), were handed the symbolic key for the new Unimog by Holger Doth (left), Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks.