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Railcare tests MPV2 catenary and battery-powered track machine

8 April 2024
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The MPV2 catenary and battery-powered track machine
The MPV2 catenary and battery-powered track machine. Source: Railcare
Krechetov Dmitry, Editorial Contributor
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Yashchenko Olga, Editorial Contributor to International Projects, ROLLINGSTOCK Agency

Sweden: According to the Railcare manufacturer, the second-generation Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV2) can remove up to 40 m³ of gravel per hour and also function as a locomotive for snow clearing machines, excavators, and other track machines.

The new railway maintenance vehicle is equipped with three vacuum pumps and batteries of the Swedish Northvolt production, allowing the track machine’s autonomous operation for four to six hours. Besides, the MPV2 has a traction motor produced by Epiroc, Sweden, and electrical equipment by the Swiss ABB.

The initial tests have checked charging the vehicle’s batteries via the overhead catenary and operation of the traction motor and vacuum pumps. Further, the vehicle ought to be certified by the Swedish Transport Agency to receive approval for the Swedish railway, and finally be commissioned by the autumn of 2024.

As noted by the manufacturer, thanks to zero emissions and reduction of noise, battery-powered machines are efficient in operating in tunnels and in urban environments. For example, the maintenance of the tunnel on the Stockholm City Line is performed with the help of the first-generation MPV produced in 2020, which is recharged at the depot at night.

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