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Automation Systems From Siemens To Control Large Marshaling Yard

Posted on October 19, 2009

Siemens Mobility announced that it will equip the marshaling yard at Maschen, Germany, a large freight hub in Europe, with new control technology. Siemens has been awarded the order by DB Netz AG to upgrade a total of 88 classification tracks with the MSR 32 classification control system by mid-2013.

The modification of the classification yard will be carried out while normal operation continues. The MSR 32 control system deployed by Siemens controls the radio-operated locomotives, the routing of rolling stock and their speed at their master, intermediate and group retarders and, by means of haulage systems, makes up the cars ready for coupling in the classification tracks. During the modernization phase, the control system from Siemens must be able to control both the old and the new systems.

The Maschen marshaling yard at the gates of Hamburg is the main hub for freight traffic of the seaports of Hamburg and Bremerhaven as well as toward Scandinavia. The cars of regional, national and international freight trains are split and made up into new trains for the next leg of their journey.

The modernization of the control system will increase the safety and reliability in train make-up. The first classification tracks are due to go into service as early as August, 2010.

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