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February 2014

ERR has equipped over 52% of its entire wagon fleet with quiet brake pads!

Soundproofing for the purpose of public welfare

The subject of soundproofing has gained enormously in significance over the last few years and is one of the most important environmental issues for rail freight transportation.

Because the railway is one of the safest and most environmentally friendly means of transportation, soundproofing is a task for society as a whole which must be fulfilled. For this reason, the Federal government set the objective of reducing railway noise by half by 2020.

But it should not stop at the definition and formulation of objectives – fulfilment and realisation are essential. In this way, ERR has had noise-reducing composite pads fitted into above 2,000 new goods wagons – shared over 10 different types of wagon – since its foundation in 2006.

This means: To date, ERR has equipped 52 percent of the entire ERR fleet with quiet brake pads – with the trend continuing to increase considerably!!

In addition to the new goods wagons with noise-reducing composite pads, ERR is also dealing with the issue of “conversion of grey cast iron brake pads to LL composite brake pads (low noise, low friction)”.

ERR is in agreement with the specialists that an improvement of transportation conditions is urgently needed for such a conversion.  Only standardised European conditions, which then must provide the relevant brackets for the converted goods wagons, can reduce the noise emission by means of a conversion to LL pads.

Irrespective of this, ERR is currently working with rental partners to implement a project, through which an agreed number of wagons should be equipped with LL composite brake pads, in order to gather shared experience concerning maintenance, repair, wear-and-tear, etc.

Freight belongs on the rails!! – Preferably in “quiet” goods wagons.

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