Faster, safer and more comfortable – a rail vehicle show of superlatives at InnoTrans 2010

Ultra high-speed trains and innovative hybrid locomotives – new underground trains and a 150-metre long track-laying vehicle – biggest rail vehicle show to date on the InnoTrans rail track site – leading international trade fair for rail transport technology from 21 to 24 September in Berlin

The display of innovative rail vehicles on the InnoTrans rail track site has always exerted a magnetic appeal, and this year promises to be an especially big attraction. Never before have so many rail vehicles premiered on the international stage in the outdoor display area at InnoTrans. When the fair opens on 21 September a total of 121 rail vehicles will be on show on the rail track site of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds, presenting the latest designs of recent months by railway engineers from around the world. They range from ultra high-speed trains, new trams and hybrid locomotives to a 150-metre long track-laying vehicle.

The 3,500-metre long rail track area is more crowded than it has ever been. There are roughly 33 per cent more vehicles on display than in 2008, in particular with a sharp rise in the number of locomotives, of which there are 32 on show, almost twice as many as two years ago. Also on display are coaches, trainsets, goods wagons, trams, track-laying vehicles and road-rail vehicles as well as other exhibits. Now covering 4,100 square metres, the outdoor display site is significantly larger than at InnoTrans 2008.

Matthias Steckmann, Director at Messe Berlin and InnoTrans Project Manager: “More and more exhibitors are making use of InnoTrans as a marketing platform to introduce their products. Everywhere on the exhibition grounds there are new vehicles, systems and components on display. The number of products premiering on the rail track site is particularly high. This unique selling point of InnoTrans has been very well received by exhibitors around the world.”

Thus Bombardier Transportation’s ZEFIRO 380 ultra high-speed train will be premiering on the InnoTrans rail track site. Siemens Mobility will be represented with the Velaro D high-speed trainset, and Alstom will be showing its New Pendolino high-speed tilting train. Companies displaying regional trains include Alstom, which is exhibiting the Coradia Continental, and Siemens, which is showing the Desiro ML. Stadler Rail will be represented at InnoTrans with a new double-decker trainset for the Swiss national railways system which, equipped with a driving simulator in the driver’s cab, will provide visitors with a genuine driving experience. Experts are also eagerly awaiting the driverless underground train developed by Ansaldobreda (Italy) for the C line on Rome’s underground system.

Several goods wagons representing intermodal transport will be on display on the rail track site. Kockums Industrier (Sweden) will be exhibiting the MegaSwing, and Lohr Industrie (France) the Modalohr Trailer Transport (MTT). The largest exhibit at InnoTrans belongs to Eiffage Rail. The high-performance P 100 track-laying vehicle of the Swiss manufacturer MATISA measures more than 150 metres in length.

Never have there been so many locomotives on show. A total of 32 locomotives from all the leading manufacturers will be rolling onto the track site of the Berlin Exhibition Grounds. Siemens Mobility is presenting four versions of its latest generation of locomotives, the Vectron, which can run on different voltage systems and in a variety of passenger and freight categories on European railways. Bombardier Transportation is exhibiting the ALP 45-D, a locomotive which combines electric and diesel systems, achieving a seamless transition between electrified and non-electrified lines. Alstom is also displaying a hybrid locomotive in Berlin. Vossloh Locomotives will have five of its high-performance products on show, powered by diesel-hydraulic as well as diesel-electric systems. Voith Turbo will be represented on the rail track site with the Gravita 15 BB, and GE Transportation (USA) is exhibiting a locomotive from its PowerHaul series.

After four days reserved exclusively for trade visitors the outdoor display site at InnoTrans will open to the public on the weekend and celebrate a big railway station fest.

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