Rail/road Engine Test Started

Last mile operations are one of the main cost drivers in SWL transport. In order to increase the overall service efficiency and thus the competitiveness, too, new possibilities in last mile operation are evaluated in the scope of WP 6. One operation method separates the train movements and shunting actions by deployment of bimodal vehicles. Consequently, ViWaS partner Fret SNCF recently started a field test in Saint-Priest, France.

Fret SNCF now deploys a rail-road shunting vehicle of Belgian manufacturer MOL. The engine is equipped with rubber tyres to ensure traction during shunting movements. The ability to drive on road and railway tracks increases the vehicle’s flexibility and efficiency in sidings.

Within WP 6, different criteria concerning the deployment of a road-rail engine have been elaborated. These comprise layout principles of sidings, administrative and operational obstacles, and safety criteria. Addtionally, a cost-benefit analysis is performed to derive recommendations for further developments and implementation.

Additional photos of the rail-road engine are available within the Media Centre.