DB Cargo is upgrading over 1,000 freight wagons to help transport coal to German power plants amid the ongoing energy crisis. Some of them were in storage and are now being re-commissioned after being equipped with whisper brakes. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to the Global Railway Review.

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“Priority corridors” created by the federal government are used for transportation. The federal government has decreed that these freight trains are given priority on the railroad network on well-defined transport routes and with special public power supplies. This procedure is regulated by the Federal Network Agency.

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For the Becksbach facility, DB Cargo has also created a new ammonia supply chain through an important one-car transport network. Ammonia is imported from seaports and used to clean flue gases from coal-fired power plants. This directly contributes to the sustainable operation of the power plant in the region. Weekly deliveries of individual wagons by safe rail transport allow them to be returned to service.

“DB assumes responsibility for the energy supply in Germany,” Dr. Sigrid Nikutta, Board Member for Freight Transport at DB AG, said. “Supplying the power plants with hard coal is – like so many things at the moment – a new challenge that could not have been foreseen a few months ago. DB Cargo has shown how quickly we can react to such changes with strong rail freight traffic”.

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