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Connecting Forces - Driving Innovations Reliable Drive Components, Couplers and Service Concepts

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Voith: Connecting Forces, Driving Innovation

Voith Turbo, a group division of Voith, is a specialist producer of hydrodynamic drive, coupling and braking systems for commercial vehicles, rail and industrial applications, as well as for the ship propulsion systems.

T 312 bre turbo transmission – universal transmission

High efficiency and input power of up to 650kW make the T 312 bre a state-of-the-art transmission for high-speed railcars, which achieve speeds of up to 220km/h. It excels, with its smooth, almost wear-free start-up.

The transmission is insensitive to vibrations, as well as thermal and mechanical overloads. The T 312 features a service life of over 1.2m kilometers until the first major overhaul, depending on service conditions.

Rail couplers for light-rail vehicles and high-speed trains

The name Voith Turbo Scharfenberg still stands for quality and innovation after more than a century, since the concept of the automatic Scharfenberg coupler was born.

Over the years, incessant technical refinements and up-to-date technology have made the Schaku one of the world’s most prominent railway coupler systems, in use all with transportation including light-rail vehicles and high-speed trains.

Everything from one single source

Voith RailPack for Diesel DrivesVoith underlines its systems philosophy with the RailPack, a PowerPack for diesel drives, which can be fitted with hydrodynamic, electric and hydromechanical drives. The version on show features the hydrodynamic S111 transmission for rail applications in a power range up to 250kW.

On the strength of its robust technology it can cope with all operating and weather conditions, and requires only little maintenance. Combined with long oil-change intervals, this ensures continuously low operating costs. As a further installation option, Voith shows its hydromechanical DIWARail transmission.

The hydrodynamic brake significantly minimises wear on mechanical brakes. Due to the parallel shaft reversing transmission of the DIWARail, reversing on the gear units is no longer required. This reduces the mass of the gear unit, resulting in less wear and improved running properties. Towing trips while the engine is switched off are also possible.

System service at Voith

While the term ‘Service’ used to be mainly associated with repairs and spare parts, Voith now proves exactly the opposite with modern service concepts. This includes just-in-time schemes, with overhauls within a precisely defined window or preventative overhauls, as well as exchange pools for transmissions and Scharfenberg couplers.

Under the heading ‘Systems Service’ Voith goes one step further. At its location in Kiel, Voith carries out major overhauls of entire vehicles. In the future, the site will offer the removal and reinstallation of complete bogies, within one day. The removed bogies are overhauled, while the operator will be able to put his vehicle back to work the following day with the serviced exchange unit.

The all-inclusive scheme helps operators to reduce downtimes. At the same time, the overhaul periods are used by Voith to upgrade drive components to the latest technical standards, repairing damaged vehicles or integrating completely new systems into the vehicle infrastructure. Such product improvements are at the heart of the modern Voith service concept.

About Voith

Founded in 1867, Voith employs more than 39,000 people, generates €5.3bn in sales, operates in around 50 countries worldwide and is today one of the largest family owned companies in Europe.

Voith sets standards in the energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transportation and automotive markets.

Press Releases


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  • 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.

  • Barcelona

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

  • Ferronorte

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  • Berlin U-Bahn Upgrading

    The city-state of Berlin has a long-established underground network, with the first trains running in 1902. The system h

  • 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.

  • Central Link Light Rail

    Seattle's Central Link light rail opened on 18 July 2009, offering the city its first light rail. It provides an alternative mode of transport to the residents of the car-dominated city.

  • 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.

  • Hong Kong West Rail

    West Rail is a massive, HK$57.7 billion project to build a stand-alone 30.5km rail line between Nam Cheong in West Kowloon and Tuen Mun, to try and tap into the growth potential of the western towns and cities of Hong Kong.

  • Karlsruhe Light / Heavy Rail

    Close to the French border in south-west Germany, Karlsruhe in Baden-Württemberg was the first European city to implement track-sharing for light and heavy rail vehicles.

  • Croydon Tramlink

    Croydon is part of the London conurbation, 15 miles south of the capital's centre. The most populous London borough with a population over 330,000, due to its proximity to central London and own concentration of commercial property, Croydon has heavy outward and inward commuter traffic.

  • 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.

  • Line 14 Automatic Metro, Paris

    As well as being the principal component of its urban public transport system, the Metro is a long-standing symbol of Paris. The bulk of the basic system was completed before the outbreak of World War II, a densely packed network within the city-proper's boundaries.

  • High Speed Rail Operations

    Italy was a European pioneer in high-speed rail and the original home of the 'Pendolino' family of tilting trains that h

  • Thalys

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  • 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.

  • Arlanda Express High Speed Rail Link operated by A-Train AB, Sweden

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  • Hong Kong East Rail

    Hong Kong's heavy rail network is primarily arranged on two axes. Patronage of the East Rail route has soared almost six-fold since electrification in 1983. A fleet of 451 GEC-Alstom-built EMU vehicles share the same tracks as trains continuing to Shanghai and Beijing, as well as commercially vital freight, mainly container traffic.

  • Potsdam Light Rail

    Potsdam, in the former East Germany, is the first European city to adopt the standard new tram design by that country's

  • Frankfurt-Köln

    German Railways (Deutsche Bahn – DB) is now a major player in European high-speed rail travel with its Inter City

  • Kowloon-Canton Railway

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

  • Alaris Tilting Trains

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

  • 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

  • Swiss Tilting Trains

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

  • Quebec-Windsor Corridor

    The testing of a prototype Jet Train on Canada's Quebec-Windsor corridor is part of a master plan to develop a railway route that serves 60% of the country's population, generates 85% of train operator VIA Rail's ridership and also provides 70% of its income.

  • Kuala Lumpur

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  • Budapest Border Railway

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  • Oslo Airport (Gardermoen) Rail Link

    Through a combination of overcrowding, a lack of expansion options and no rail links, all in the context of forecasted long-term rising demand, the Norwegian government decided to replace Oslo Fornebu as the capital's principal airport.

  • Line operated by Queensland Rail

    Tilt train technology has been introduced to eastern Australia in June 2003 following completion of Queensland Rail's (QR) A$590 million project to upgrade its 1,681km main line between Brisbane and Cairns, cutting journey times by seven hours, three times a week.

  • Netherlands

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

  • AVE

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

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