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Report from Berlin - InnoTrans 2010


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Solaris "Tramino" Skoda "ForCity" Pesa "Swing" Stadler "VarioBahn"

Our September visit to the InnoTrans trade fair in Berlin was an informative and rather intensive experience. According to their press release there were 2,242 exhibitors and 106,612 attendees from more than 110 countries. There were 121 rail vehicles of all kinds on display on the outdoor tracks, including four 100 percent low-floor trams from Stadler, Pesa, Solaris and Skoda. Of note was the new Skoda car with pivoting bogies located near the ends of the vehicle, targeted at their primary market of Eastern European legacy systems and their constrained infrastructure. Not surprisingly there was also a buzz in the air about wireless capabilities, and virtually all of the carbuilders were showing something in this area. Some random highlights are provided in the pictures and captions below, only a tiny fraction of the thousands of products on display of course, but something to give you a flavor of what was there.

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Pesa "Swing" Interior views of the Pesa "Swing"
       
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Solaris "Tramino" Interior of the Tramino Tramino side view
       
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Interior views of the Stadler VarioBahn tram, destined for Norway's Bergen system
       
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Skoda ForCity Wheelchair lift on the ForCity Interior views of the Skoda ForCity
       
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Alpha-Union track brakes. They were also showing their wide range of operator's controllers.

FBO showed this sander apparatus that they provide to several carbuilders.

Several suppliers were showing new computer-aided wheel measurement devices. This example is from NextSense

       
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This interesting service truck from Zweiweg is designed to clean the track groove on tram systems

Several suppliers exhibited complete trucks including this one from HeiterBlick, produced for their line of trams such as the CityRunner and Vamos.

Nencki brought in one of their very elaborate bogie test stands

Hubner provided this interesting "glass bottom" view of a streetcar articulation joint
       
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Power car from a Siemens high-speed trainset Bombardier Zefiro Tilting technology being demonstrated In decided contrast to the high-speed rail equipment, this replica of the Adler was also on display
       
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AnsaldoBreda showed a section of their TramWave power system

The permanent magnet pickup on the vehicle raises up the segmented bus bar as the vehicle passes, energizing sections of the center contact rail

In this end view you can see the segmented bus bar

One of the track suppliers previewed this short section of Bombardier's inductive power system.

       
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Edilon Sedra showed samples of the various components of their embedded rail systems, including a product incorporating conduits

Several companies showed "filler block" systems designed to speed track installation. This system from Regum is optimized for grass track.

Czech supplier DT showed this tramway frog designed with an interchangeable wear insert.

 

 

 

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