High-performance hoses for modern rail transport

Louise Davis

EU transport politicians envisage that by the year 2030, 30% of road freight covering distances of over 300 kilometres will have shifted to transport operators such as the railways.

And this figure will rise to as much as over 50% by 2050. 

In addition, the length of the European rail network for high-speed trains is to be trebled by 2030, and by 2050, the majority of passenger transport over medium distances is to be covered by the railways.

This development will also involve the refurbishment of local, regional and long-distance train fleets.

As one of the world’s leading providers of technical elastomer products and as a specialist for plastics technology, ContiTech is developing and producing a comprehensive range of high-quality railway hoses which will cover all applications in the international rail industry and will contribute to making passenger and goods transport by rail safer and more convenient.

Hose range in conformity with norms

Whether it is a railway brake hose, a flexible and robust pneumatic hose for installation in carriages, a cooling water hose for the air conditioning and heating system, a cable protection hose for carriages and locomotives, a resistant sewage hose, or one of our many types of hydraulic hose – ContiTech’s railroad hoses are manufactured from high-quality rubber compounds.

They are manufactured in accordance with national and international norms and, in some cases, comply with the European fire protection norm EN 45545-2.

This norm includes very strict fire protection requirements and tests for materials and components: they have to pass tests for flame propagation under ISO 5658-2, heat emission as per ISO 5660-1, and smoke development and toxicity in the smoke chamber as per ISO 5659-2.

Customer-specified railroad hoses

ContiTech works with its customers as a development partner, drawing on over 100 years of experience in developing and manufacturing high-performance hoses to create product solutions adapted to specific applications.

The AquapaL DB, for instance, has been tailored precisely to the needs of the rail industry.

This means that the robust and flexible hose not only complies with the regulations laid down for the transport of drinking water via pipes and hoses as contained in the Water, Drinking Water, and Water Protection Testing Guideline for Organic Materials (KTW) and in DVGW-W270 and DVGW-VP 549 of the German Technical and Scientific Association for Gas and Water (DVGW), as well as with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requirements for hoses transporting drinking water. Deutsche Bahn AG has also approved it as a drinking water hose.

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