The first digital freight train runs and makes progress in Europe

The first digital freight train runs and makes progress in Europe

Successful testing for DAK, which will overcome inefficient and time consuming and physically demanding screw coupling

The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

Since autumn 2021, the first digital freight train has been on the road in Europe for test purposes. The objective is the improvement of the so-called Automatic Digital Coupling, whose acronym is DAK.
Until the end of March, SBB Cargo will be subjecting the train to an extensive test programme. The whole industry agrees: close national cooperation and harmonization in Europe are important factors for a successful introduction of the DAK.
Rail freight traffic must become simpler and more efficient in order to meet customer and market needs, thus achieving Europe-wide climate and traffic shifting objectives.
In this, the Digital Automatic Coupling plays a central role: by 2030 in Europe it will replace the screw coupling, which is inefficient and requires time-consuming and physically demanding manoeuvres.
In fact, a wide-ranging demonstration project of the DAK is underway by the European consortium DAC4EU.

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The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

The last two months of experiments in Austria and Switzerland

In addition to an extensive test program conducted at various locations in Germany, the digital freight train has spent the last two months in Austria and Switzerland.
In March, SBB Cargo is subjecting the train to extensive tests on the Swiss network, which crossed the Gotthard axis and tested the simulation of intensive production processes in the Zurich Mülligen and Basel Kleinhüningen Hafen locations, in the two marshalling yards of Limmattal and in the Basel region.
The aim now is to put the DAK through its paces under real operating conditions, to refine it in the light of the test results.

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The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

13 freight and tank cars and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik

The digital freight train consists of 13 freight and tank cars and the vehicle from DB Systemtechnik used for the measuring runs.
The wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, which in addition to the mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes data transmission possible throughout the entire train.
The DAK lays the foundations for much faster and more efficient processes: this modern coupling system in fact simplifies the work of the shunting service personnel and creates advanced professional figures.

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The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

An initiative with broad support from the federal authorities

Digital Automatic Coupling is the priority project for the innovation of rail freight traffic in Europe.
In Switzerland, the initiative is supported by the Federal Office of Transport (FOT), the Union of Public Transport (UTP) and the Shippers' Association (VAP), which together with rail freight companies and wagon keepers Freight is developing a model consultation procedure for the political decision in favor of the introduction and financing of Automatic Digital Pairing in rail freight traffic in Switzerland.

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The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

DAC4EU is a European consortium with strong German traction

The European consortium DAC4EU (= Digital Automatic Coupling for Europe) is verifying the use of Automatic Digital Coupling in rail freight traffic.
The DAC4EU consortium includes Deutsche Bahn with its subsidiary DB Cargo, the Swiss and Austrian freight railways SBB Cargo and Rail Cargo Austria respectively as well as the wagon keepers Ermewa, GATX Rail Europe and VTG.
The research project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV), started in June 2020 and will end in December 2022.
With the approval of the Dittli motion (20.3221), the Federal Council received the task of submitting to parliament a project for the financing and coordinated implementation of technical innovations in rail freight traffic.
The implementation of the DAK is a central element of the project led by the Federal Office of Transport (FOT) to fulfill this mandate.
The next objectives to be achieved are the presentation of the project and of the requests for funding to the Parliament by the end of 2023.

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The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train

SBB Cargo: an SA at the heart of the Swiss economy

With more than a quarter of the total volume of freight transport, SBB is the leading company in this sector in Switzerland. In the field of automation, SBB Cargo has pioneering achievements to its credit, including the automatic coupling that has been in service since 2019.
Every year, SBB Cargo Ltd transports around 30 million net tonnes of goods in wagons and block trains and via combined transport throughout the country, corresponding to around 15 truck journeys per day.

The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train
The digital freight train consists of 13 freight wagons and tank wagons and the vehicle of DB Systemtechnik, used for the measuring runs: the wagons are connected to each other by means of a Digital Automatic Coupling, whose acronym is DAK, which in addition to mechanical and pneumatic connection has a continuous data and electrical line which makes it possible to transmit data in the entire train