TRAFFIC Navigating the Gigaliner and freight cars

At its trade fair "transport logistic", the transport sector presented numerous innovations - on land, in water and in the air.

The Iveco Z Truck is a concept vehicle for the freight transport of the future: the heart is a natural gas drive and the sophisticated aerodynamics. 
Photo: Photo (2): Christian Hartlmaier / Messe München

Stefan Rummel, Managing Director of Messe München, put it in a nutshell: "transport logistic (tl) is a reflection of the entire industry and its diversity". Although the hardware of transport technology was still the focus, the majority of the innovations were in less vivid logistics. It provides additional services that optimize transport processes. The large number of railway vehicles on the open air made it possible to perceive tl as a trade fair for rail freight. But appearances are deceptive: Of the 2160 exhibitors from 62 countries, only 10% came from the railway sector.
Rail freight traffic: A glance at the fair is an electric locomotive for all four European power systems and an additional diesel engine.Bombardier handed it over to the logistics service provider Rhenus at the tl. It will draw freight trains between Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany, in the border region to Switzerland and between the Benelux countries and South-East Europe.
Even in the case of the freight cars that have been developed for the most part, there are always innovations - the first tank truck for chemical products made of aluminum. The waggon, which has meanwhile been approved by the Federal Railway Authority, is about 6 t lighter than the previous ones made of steel, and the payload is correspondingly higher. "No corrosion in the tank, positive environmental balance", says Olaf Feldbinder, managing director of the special field vehicles Feldbinder, further advantages. There is no comparable model on the market for DB Cargo's "Shimmns-ttu" carriages for the transport of wound metal bands. A new feature is the "opening and securing of loads from only one side and from ramps, to facilitate handling and increased work safety," explains Markus Turowski, DB Cargo.
Although logistics plays a crucial role in almost all areas, logistics is by no means all railways. Here as well, DB emphasizes its leading role in Europe with Schenker and DB Cargo. The new IT platform myRailportal is created for digital communication with customers.
With logistics, the construction and expansion of the Siberian land bridge to China has also been a factor. Shortly before tl, the first container train had arrived in London after 18 days of travel. The timely transport of car parts from Germany and the Czech Republic to the plants in the Russian Kaluga and in Nizhny Novgorod is managed by an IT system developed by DB.
Road transport: The DB4 platform has already just

launched the Collaboration Platform Drive4Schenker: "Around 30,000 transport partners in 20 countries can now recognize where there is still an additional load on their route and book free capacity immediately," says Schenker CEO Jochen Thewes. Another hot topic was the gigaliners, who had been admitted by the Federal Minister of Transport after a five-year field trial in December last year. However, environmental and transport associations have complained. The 25.25 m long "Gigaliner", which may be even longer in some countries, were to be seen at the logistics fair. Market leader Krone considers them unstoppable. They are controversial because of feared dangers in road traffic, but also because of the productivity gain for truck traffic,

Air transport: Airplanes did not have the tl to offer, but with the Air Cargo Europe its own fair in the fair. At around 200 booths of airlines from all over the world, major European airports and the aviation industry, airfreight with its sophisticated logistics was the focus. A dedicated conference program also focused on digitalization and its challenges.
Shipping: The ocean and inland waterways were also presented on the tl. Trimodal container transports with an envelope between water, road and rail offer economic and ecological advantages. The topic of discussion was, not least, the port hinterland traffic on the rail side, which is bound to the limits of its performance in Germany. In order to relieve the north-south axis via Hannover-Fulda, an "east corridor" is to be built through Magdeburg-Halle-Leipzig-Reichenbach-Hof to Regensburg by extending existing routes. Deutsche Bahn informed us that the sections between Uelzen and Stendal, which had only been single-track since 1945, are now being expanded again in two ways.
Article is taken from VDI.