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PALFINGER Wheelchair Access Ramps and Lifts

Train Lift Access System

PALFINGER manufactures access systems for public transport, helping wheelchair users to board trains, buses and trams.

PALFINGER is based in north Germany and is part of the PALFINGER Group, a global market leader in production and sales of cranes.

The company is also an international market leader for reliable and safe wheelchair access ramps and lifts for trains, buses and trams.


MBB TRAINLIFT- Semi-automatic wheelchair lift

The MBB TRAINLIFT is mounted inside the carriage and is specially designed for using on high speed and regional trains with a maximum lifting height of 1,200mm. It provides a very safe and comfortable way for wheelchair users to board and alight.

PALFINGER offers special vehicle-mounted lift solutions, due to their swivel mechanism function. This function is a unique selling proposition for PALFINGER in the market.

Furthermore, MBB TRAINLIFT models meet all legal requirements, such as TSI-PRM in case of capacity, platform size and safety features. PALFINGER offers their customers various options such as covers, platform lights, additional signals, special bottoms and colours.

More than 1,000 units of MBB TRAINLIFT units are currently in service in Germany and worldwide.

During InnoTrans 2014 two new developments were presented in Berlin; the TRAINLIFT TRB 1200 for Russia with a lifting height of maximum 1,200mm is particularly designed for low temperatures, which mean they run with special oil and they are equipped with a cylinder heating system. A special cooling test of the TRAINLIFT platform were successfully passed and certified.

In addition to the PALFINGER swivel-lift product range, a one-arm linear wheelchair lift (vertical lift) for trains was developed and the prototype was presented. This TRAINLIFT can be easily fitted or retrofitted into most train carriages. This new vertical lift will be available in 2015.

Latest references of MBB TRAINLIFT projects

  • Projects with Siemens: MBB TRAINLIFT TR 800 ‘Velaro D’; TR 800 ‘Eurostar’; TR 1000 ‘railjet’
  • Project with Bombardier Transportation: TRB 1000 ‘Talent 2’
  • New project with Skoda since 2013: TRB 600 ‘NIM’
  • New project with Stadler / Newag since 2014: TR 1000 ‘Flirt 3’

PALFINGER signed the contract with Siemens Transportation for the ICx project. The project runs until 2021 and includes the delivery of 260 MBB Trainlifts units for Deutsche Bahn.

Wheelchair lifts for low-floor buses and trams

The MBB MEDILIFT is a fully automatic electric lift providing the ideal solution to give wheelchair users access to low floor buses and trams. These lifts are integrated in the vehicle floor and of course into the vehicle safety system.

The wheelchair user alerts the driver that the lift is needed by simply pushing the button located by the entrance door and the driver operates the lift using remote control.

The latest MBB MEDILIFT projects are T1 Avenio for trams, which are built by Siemens for Munich, the MEDILIFT LB 300 for EvoBus buses which circulate in Bremen (BSAG) and the SB 300 for Niigata in Japan.

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Press Release

MBB Palfinger to Present New Lifts for Wheelchair Users at InnoTrans 2016

MBB Palfinger, one of the leading manufacturers of on-board passenger systems in trains for persons with reduced mobility, shows promising innovations on the InnoTrans in hall 3.1 stand 424.

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The Flexible Lift for Wheelchair Users Suitable in Every Train

MBB's vehicle-mounted lifts are in compliance with TRI-PRM and developed in a space saving design. Trainlift interfaces can be changed individually according to the technical requirements of the vehicle manufacturer. Vehicle-mounted lifts are time saving for the operator and the wheelchair user and give them more flexibility.




Press Release

8 August 2016

MBB Palfinger, one of the leading manufacturers of on-board passenger systems in trains for persons with reduced mobility, shows promising innovations on the InnoTrans in hall 3.1 stand 424.

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27 May 2015

Worldwide PALFINGER stands for the most innovative, reliable and cost-effective lifting solutions. With our technological expertise and experienced staff we set quality benchmarks in the industries in which we operate.

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28 October 2009

In compliance with the requirement of the Disability Discrimination Act, which gives equal opportunities to handicapped people, including wheelchair users, low-floor buses in Bremen have been fitted with MBB passenger lifts for many years. The latest tender from the city's public transport co

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Fockestrasse 53

D-277 77 Ganderkesee


Mrs Marion Wendelken, Sales Manager Passenger Systems Mr. Dennis Behnken, Head of Passenger Systems +49 4221 853 261 +49 4221 853 260 +49 4221 853 233 www.palfinger.com PALFINGER Access Systems - MBB TRAINLIFT TR 1000 Passenger Systems

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