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Plasser & Theurer tests a catenary construction and maintenance vehicle

26 December 2023
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The Plasser CatenaryCrafter 15.4 E³
The Plasser CatenaryCrafter 15.4 E³. Source: Plasser & Theurer
Krechetov Dmitry, Editorial Contributor
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Savenkova Ekaterina, Editorial Contributor to International Projects of ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Austria: The hybrid CatenaryCrafter 15.4 E3, powered by catenary, batteries, and a 520 kW diesel generator, is being tested on the networks of the Austrian operator OBB.

Equipped with the integrated European Train Control System, the vehicle arrives on site at a speed of up to 120 km/h, either self-propelled or as part of a trainset. Its work equipment includes a positioner for contact wires and carrying cables, a crane, a three-part elevating work platform, and a cradle with a payload of 450 kg, which can be lifted to 7.5 m and moved 4 m sideways from the centre of the track. The CatenaryCrafter can accommodate 11 people.

The Plasser CatenaryCrafter 15.4 E³ at the tests in Austria The Plasser CatenaryCrafter 15.4 E³ at the tests in Austria. Source: Deltazocker/reddit

Last year, OBB Infrastruktur ordered 56 track machines from Plasser & Theurer: 29 CatenaryCrafters, 21 MultiCrafters for track construction and maintenance, and six TransportUnits for transporting equipment.

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