A Siemens-led consortium has equipped the Vaidotai marshalling yard in Lithuania with modern technology, making it the first automatic marshalling yard to enter operations in Eastern Europe.

Under contract with Lithuanian Railways LG, the capacity of the yard – a hub for cargo trains in the Baltic region – has been raised to 3,000 cars daily from the previous 1,800.

The modernisation has accelerated the cutting procedure, increased shunting quality and has eliminated the highly dangerous track work such as placing of scotch blocks by brakesmen, said Siemens.

Work included renewing track installation and 21 switches in the yard’s humping area, increasing the number of classification tracks from 16 to 20, extending and building stabling tracks and installing 25 hydraulic clasp retarders.

In addition, the humping system has been equipped with an MSR32 type microcomputer system, the dispatching and relay systems have been redesigned and six transformers modernised.

The consortium included EGrman firm SONA Präzisionsschmiede and several local construction firms.