The Rail Cargo Group presented a special highlight at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. TransANT - RCG's innovative platform concept that sets a new standard in the freight transport market. According to forecasts, freight traffic in Europe will increase by around 30 percent by 2030 - an enormous potential for all modes of transport, above all for the railways. But rail freight transport must be competitive and RCG is committed to making rail freight transport more attractive on a sustainable basis. With a sustainable international network, customer-oriented logistics solutions and investment in modern equipment such as locomotives and wagons.
The future of rail logistics
In conventional wagon construction, one type of wagon is currently used for each load. RCG relies on modular superstructures that cover a wide range of customer requirements. The 20 percent lighter undercarriage is available in various lengths between 33 and 70 feet. Steel components of the highest strength and corresponding welding technology from voestalpine make a significant contribution to weight reduction and versatility.
An "ant" as a synonym for a freight wagon
"It carries more than its own body weight" - this technical demand on product innovation is also reflected in the graphic appearance. For two years, a team of experts from RCG and voestalpine worked on a revolutionary modular concept. For example, a lightweight trolley with different lengths and different superstructures was developed to meet the requirements of customers in the 21st century. This innovation also needs a suitable name. Together with KISKA, Europe's largest design agency, a design concept for a freight car was presented that captivates with its colour scheme, the topology-optimised font and its unmistakable name.
Test phase starts next year
From 18 to 21 September, TransANT was presented to the international industry public at the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin. After approval, the manufactured wagons will immediately be put into RCG service and offered to customers for testing. From 2019, the first TransANT for voestalpine will be used for ore transport and from 2020, the freight wagons will come onto the market.