More Citylink hybrid vehicles destined for Chemnitz: VMS orders 4 tram-trains from Vossloh Kiepe and Vossloh Rail Vehicles

(PresseBox) (Düsseldorf, ) Following up on a contractual option, the Verkehrsverbund Mittelsachen (VMS) has ordered four more "Citylink Chemnitz" hybrid light rail vehicles from the Dusseldorf based traction specialist Vossloh Kiepe and its Spanish sister company Vossloh Rail Vehicles. The original contract for eight low-floor vehicles was signed in August 2012.

The Citylink hybrid vehicles are dual mode vehicles - able to operate on 600V/750V DC overhead voltage and on diesel power. On the city's tramway network they are powered solely from the overhead power lines, while on the railway network they are diesel powered. The vehicles have two powerpacks fitted to the roof - consisting of a diesel engine and a generator.

Like the eight tram-trains already ordered and on their way to Chemnitz, the most recently ordered Citylink vehicles will be specially adapted to the city's infrastructure and the regional tracks on which they run. The doors have a ramp system which ensures that access is hazard-free despite the different platform heights. It means that the vehicle can be accessed from tramway platform level, yet it still meets the strict collision requirements of regional railway stations.

The Citylinks have reliable and innovative electric technology in the Vossloh Kiepe traction kit. The drive system on the light rail vehicles is equipped with four IGBT direct pulse inverters. To comply with the stringent redundancy requirements, each of the four DC asynchronous motors has its own converter. The total motor power of 550 kW installed on two drive bogies provides good acceleration and service brake delay values. The conventional bogies with wheelset axles, developed and manufactured by Vossloh Rail Vehicles, have a secondary air suspension system for improved passenger comfort. Vossloh Kiepe supplies the entire drive technology and vehicle control system, on-board power, HVAC equipment for passenger and driver compartments, safety and passenger information systems, as well as the video monitoring system.

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Our Engineering Center has a commitment to innovation. State-of-the-art technology and optimum quality characterize the whole range of products developed and produced at the Valencia plant. Besides high-duty diesel-electric locomotives, Vossloh Rail Vehicles builds innovative local transport trains for a wide variety of applications; its lineup also includes extensive services and the manufacture of bogies.

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