Teste Europe the longest freight train
About 1.5 km long, 63 cars, 2 locomotives, 3 311 tonnes of mass towed... The SNCF has tested the movement of Europe the longest freight train January 18, 2014 between Lyon and Nîmes. It was a package of combined transport of the German combined transport operator Kombiverkehr, constituted for the purposes of the European project Marathon launched in April 2011.
What the France knows do more long today as freight trains, these are trains of combined transport from 850 meters on some routes only. The possibility to run trains of 1.5 km priori offers many advantages of productivity but poses technical issues whose solutions were at any given time be validated in the field. This validation is the objective of the European project Marathon (1) launched in April 2011 for a period of 36 months with the participation of 16 partners, railways, railways, combined transport operator, equipment, manufacturers of components (braking) and two universities for simulations of the constraints suffered by a long train. The train was established January 18, 2014, on Sibelin yard (Lyon) from 3 commercial trains of combined transport operator Kombiverkehr circulating normally between Ludwigshafen, Cologne and Barcelona with each thirty cars.
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