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3 November 2015

Construction of Rail Vehicle with Extra-Long Stainless Steel Profiles

Welser Profile draws on its experience to provide solutions to complex requirements in construction of railway vehicles.

In the project ‘All Aboard Florida’, the transportation of passengers from Orlando to Miami has been revolutionised. Comfortable, safe, environmentally friendly and quick, this is how passengers shall travel in only three hours instead of four.

To achieve this, not only the rails will be changed, but also the transportation vehicles will be replaced. Welser Profile delivered 25 metres long special profiles for the whole coach body.

As in other projects, cooperation with our customer started as early as in the design stage to be able to offer an efficient, customised solution at reasonable costs. The extra-long I-beams are made of American stainless steel and they are heavy gauge but still distinguish through exact dimensions.

They feature very tightly controlled straightness and twist tolerances, extremely symmetrical punching patterns, reduced waviness of the sides and clean edges to reduce risks during assembly.

The particular challenge of this project was not the roll forming process, but definitely transportation of the profiles as can be seen in the picture above. These extra-long profiles were brought to Luxembourg by means of a specialised oversize truck including two escort vehicles. In Luxembourg they were loaded onto a plane to arrive at their destination via air freight.

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