COUPLING SYSTEMS

Coupling systems are systems that link the wagon story installations to the wagon. The following methods exist for this:

Side chain system

 Up to a train weight of 500 tons.

The simplest link is the carrier chain. When a large shunting accuracy is less important, a pick-up device can be chosen in the form of a coupling chain included in the steel cable, which runs along the track along rollers. The chain system is easy to connect manually to the towbar of the wagon and is also the most economical coupling system.

With this system the carrier chain can pass the wagons and points and the wagons can also pass the system.

Lateral transport vehicle

ot a train weight of 500 tons.

If you want greater accuracy when placing the wagons, or if the cable must be included in a pavement, the lateral transport vehicle is recommended. This car runs on a profile guide next to the track. With the adjustable coupling rod, the story system is simply manually linked to the wagon. The guide can be included in so-called street tracks. With this system, the vehicle can pass the wagons and points and the wagons can also pass through the system.

Takeaway car on auxiliary rail

Up to a train weight of 500 tons and in a special version up to 1,000 tons.

A third option concerns the so-called Radsatzwagen system. In this case the transport vehicle drives on an auxiliary track which is located between the track. It pushes with (double) push rollers against the wheels of the wagons. A big advantage of this system is that it can be switched on and off automatically. Also with this system the vehicle can pass the wagons and the wagons can also pass the system. However, this truck can not pass any points.

Buffer trolley

Up to a train weight of approx. 4,000 tons.

In this system, a buffer car is coupled to the central towing hook of the wagon. With this application the buffer car can be automatically connected and disconnected. The buffer car travels on the same track as the wagons and is often used for head tracks. With this system, the buffer car can not pass wagons, but the switches. This system can also be equipped with a so-called Side Exit Mechanism (ZUM) . The buffer car is then driven physically out of the track via the ZUM, which also creates a ‘through track’ here. The wagons can pass the system.

The wagons can be carried out for any track gauge. All protections and signaling contribute to a safe and user-friendly installation. From the installation, signals regarding maintenance and operation can be generated, which can possibly be included in the maintenance and operational diagnostic system.

Wagon story installations are very low-maintenance, energy and cost-saving, efficient and safe.

References

Features Shunting locomotives

Shunting

Stepless speed control from ‘0’
Very even approach with a particularly favorable slip limit due to the lack of ‘starting peak’