SBB Cargo introduces automatic coupling
From 6 May, SBB Cargo trains have been operating with autocouplers. Around 100 freight wagons and 25 locomotives for intermodal domestic transport have been converted for this purpose over the past year.
The move is a first and important step in the direction of part automation covering the last mile of rail operations, and one which makes SBB Cargo a Europe-wide pioneer, the Swiss railway company said.
The new couplers ensure the shunting operation is faster and safer. Wagons are joined to one other and to locomotives automatically – with no risk of injury for the shunting staff. Only a single hand movement is needed to separate the wagons. (ben)