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Railway Suspension Systems

With its cutting-edge technology and broad range of capabilities, Continental is globally known as a mobility expert, serving the needs of the worldwide railway market.

Complete mobility technology for the railway industry

As technology experts, we are continuously working on new, improved and innovative products and service solutions in the railway segment to complete our offer for railway costumers worldwide.

Continental develops trendsetting mobility concepts and tests each of its developments under authetic and real-life conditions in its certified testing laboratories. This is essential to guarantee maximum performance under extreme strain such as heat, cold or high speed.

Our new company-wide business and innovation platform enables and facilitates collaboration of all Continental divisions with partners in the railway sector. In addition, we use our global customer focus through an on-site presence in all important markets.

Continental offers actuators for pantographs to ensure even contact pressure.
Pneumatic hoses can be provided for installation between carriages.
Seat cover upholstery material can be supplied in simulated leather with natural look, colour and feel.
Continental's folding bellow material is designed to meet demanding requirements.
Continental offers a range of air spring systems for the railway industry.
A variety of primary suspension springs is available.
Continental offers floor cover material for railway vehicles.

Together as ‘one Continental’, our business units combine the company’s expertise in automotive, rubber, sensorics, and services applications. We are shaping the future of mobility and have the possibility to open new tracks for innovations in the railway business.

Advanced railway mobility technologies and solutions

In our world the presence of topics and trends such as population growth, connectivity and globalisation are main drivers for change.

The increase in international trade and the emergence of mega cities require new concepts for safe, efficient, sustainable and comfortable transport solutions. Railway transport will be furthermore of growing importance.

That is why our experts are working on new, improved transport solutions for people and goods. Continental provides products for original equipment manufacturers within the railway market, as well as the aftermarket worldwide.

We offer complex solutions combined with an individual expert consultancy. Products by Continental are durable, reliable and safe. They are designed for driving comfort, less maintenance time and mininmal abrasion.

Cameras and radar sensors for train driver alerts

With the knowledge of applications also in automotive and other industries, Coninental works on radar sensors and cameras that could help in reducing the number of serious or even fatal accidents in urban rail traffic.

Cameras can be used to detect obstacles that are difficult to recognise such as pedestrians, cyclists or crossing vehicles. They can send information directly to the train driver through visual signals, including head-up displays, or initiate automated braking.

For more efficiency and sustainability Continental has lighter products such as air springs and surface materials for the rail transport. They reduce weight and the energy needed to drive the vehicle.

Continental contributes development, technological and solution expertise from the automotive sector and other key industries.

About Continental

For more than 90 years, Continental has been providing products designed to offer increased safety, comfort and fire protection in high-speed, local, regional and goods trains, as welll as reducing rail traffic noise. The technology company collaborates across divisions on products, systems and service solutions for passenger compartments, driver workplaces, drive units, bogies and railway vehicle bodies. For more information, fill out the enquiry form on this page.

Press Releases


  • West Coast Main Line

    The modernisation of the 399-mile (641.6km) rail route between London and Glasgow and its key divergences to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, was the largest rail project to date in the UK.

  • Docklands Light Railway Capacity Upgrade

    Since opening in 1987, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been central to the regeneration of east London. Now its significance is far greater than originally envisaged.

  • Amsterdam Metro / Light Rail Network by GVB

    The largest single order for new-generation light rail vehicles was placed by the city of Amsterdam, Netherlands, as part of a major exercise to replace its antiquated fleet of 234 trams, which have become increasingly unreliable.

  • Guangzhou Metro

    Guangzhou Metro is a light rail transit system in the city of Guanghzou (formerly known as Canton) in China. It is the fourth metro system to be introduced in Mainland China.

  • East Coast Main Line (ECML), Edinburgh to London

    An upgrading programme for the 393-mile (632km) East Coast Main Line (ECML) route between London and Edinburgh, and its key divergences serving Leeds, Bradford and Glasgow, was thrust into a new context during 2007.

  • Barcelona

    Boosted by hosting the 1992 Olympic Games, Barcelona on Spain's north-east coast has continued to grow in reputation and

  • VAL Mini-Metro Line

    Rennes is a small city in Western France, but with a population of just under half a million is Brittany's largest dwell

  • Lyon Light Rail System

    Ranging from hired bicycles to a rack-assisted metro and shortly to add a tram-train operation, the city of Lyon has a wide range of public transport modes.

  • LGV Est Européen

    Over 20 years in development, the Ligne à Grande Vitesse (LGV) Est project originated in 1985, just five years after France's first scheduled TGV services began.

  • Leeds Supertram

    Leeds is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and suffers from chronic road congestion at peak times. It has an e

  • Tilting Trains

    Switzerland and Great Britain are the latest European countries to introduce new trains using tilt technology to increas

  • Buenos Aires Metro

    Metro construction authority, Subterráneos de Buenos Aires SE (locally called Subte) is expanding the Buenos Aires metro system by adding three new lines, to bring 70% of the population within 400m of a metro station.

  • San Juan Tren Urbano

    In 1989, Puerto Rico's Department of Transportation and Public Works (DTPW) proposed to build a mass-transit system call

  • Nantes Light Railway

    The French city of Nantes extended its light rail system by 50% in August 2000 to 27km. Nantes claims to be the city which invented public transport when, in 1826, it saw the first public hackney cab.

  • Madrid Metro

    Spain's capital Madrid, home to over three million people, has one of the most extensive metro systems anywhere in the w

  • Gatwick Express

    Gatwick Express, the first dedicated city centre to airport rail link in the UK, has undergone a major service transformation with the introduction of a fleet of brand new trains at the end of 2000. However, February 2006 saw the UK Government announce its likely demise because it is using up valuable line capacity.

  • Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Line

    The 1,318km Beijing-Shanghai high-speed line connects the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, travelling across the provinces of Hebei, Shandong, Anhui and Jiangsu.

  • Tren Urbano

    By the early years of the new millennium, the Puerto Rican capital of San Juan will have the first rapid transit system in the Caribbean. Known as Tren Urbano, the route will be a double-track, 10.6-mile line, serving 14 new stations, running from Bayamon to Santurce.

  • Light Rail System, operated by Thameslink Rail

    The £800m Thameslink 2000 scheme will transform services across the whole of the south-east of the UK when it is complete, expected to be 2006. It requires upgrading most of the principal commuter routes feeding into London, the country's largest city.

  • Bahn 2000

    In the 1980s, rail corridors through the Swiss Alps were running near capacity, and traffic connections in the densely p

  • Heathrow Express

    The Heathrow Express is a high-speed service link offering the fastest journey time between Heathrow Airport and central London of 16 minutes and 21 minutes to Terminal 5.

  • London Underground Jubilee Line

    Construction of the extension of London Underground's Jubilee Line from Green Park, through south London and Docklands to Stratford, proved a troublesome project.

  • Thalys

    Thalys is a cross-border, high-speed passenger service that centres on the Brussels Midi station, linking the Belgian capital to Amsterdam, Paris and Cologne among others. The service is offered jointly by the Belgian, French, Dutch and German railways.

  • Norway Tilt Trains operated by Norwegian State Railways

    Passenger train operations in Norway underwent a massive reorganisation during the late 1990s. The state-owned railway operator, NSB, made huge investments in new rolling stock and upgrading the infrastructure, as the country aimed to ensure that rail plays a growing role in meeting national transport needs.

  • Turin Metro

    The Italian city of Turin is regarded as the industrial heart of the country, and is home to Fiat, one of the country's

  • Alaris Tilting Trains

    The Spanish Railways' (RENFE) summer 1999 timetable marked the introduction of the first tilting trains on the busy rout

  • Kowloon-Canton Railway

    The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the neighbouring Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in southern China repres

  • Shanghai Metro

    The economic boom in Shanghai, which has a population of around 19 million and growing (U.N. estimates 23.4 million by 2

  • Finland Pendolino Tilting Trains

    Finland's rail administration underwent a substantial reorganisation in 1995, when the Ratahallintokeskus (RHK), or Finnish Rail Administration, was created as a civil service department, under the aegis of the country's Ministry of Transport and Communications.

  • Swiss Tilting Trains

    SBB/CFF/FFS, the operator of Switzerland's rail network has implemented major improvements in the services it offers to

  • Grenoble Light Rail System, Rhône-Alpes

    Grenoble opened its first tramway in 1987. With the opening of Line D in October 2007, the system had grown to four lines with a combined length of 34.2km (21.4 miles).

  • AVE

    Having first sanctioned a 160km/h (100mph) maximum speed as recently as 1986, Spain moved quickly to get high-speed rail

  • Netherlands

    Nederlandse Spoorwegen (Netherlands Railways - NS) runs trains over 2000km of electrified railway, and conversion of the

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