Test phase started for "whisper" wagons
VTG Aktiengesellschaft, a leading European wagon hire and rail logistics company, has just begun to fit its first freight wagons with low-noise brake blocks as part of a pilot phase for the chemical company Evonik Industries.
The two companies are using this measure to further emphasise their dedication to noise protection and gain experience with the new "whisper" brake blocks. The conversion could enable rail traffic noise to be reduced by up to 50%. The first converted wagons will be up and running from the end of March 2014. Twelve wagons in all will be in service over the next 18 months. (ben)