InnoTrans 2018 showcases Unimog innovations.

Four Unimog vehicles in Berlin for road-rail use.

The five segments of this year's InnoTrans are Railway Infrastructure, Railway Technology, Public Transport, Interiors and Tunnel Construction. Of course, the Unimog must be here! For the road-rail special truck, the 2-yearly event is a highlight in the calendar.

Impressive: the trade fair for transport technology runs from 18 to 21 September 2018 in all 41 halls of the Berlin exhibition centre. The InnoTrans Convention complements the trade exhibition with a high-calibre international supporting programme, holding panel discussions and expert seminars on current and future-related mobility topics, such as rail 4.0. The rail and open-air exhibition areas are unique, with 3,500 running metres of rail, on which everything from tank cars to high-speed trains are presented – including the four Unimog vehicles on display – at the Mercedes-Benz fair stand O/412.

InnoTrans 2018.


18 to 21 September 2018
The outdoor area will also be open to visitors on 22/23 September.


Outdoor and track area
Messegelände (Exhibition Site) Berlin
ExpoCenter City
Messedamm 22
14055 Berlin

Opening hours

Tuesday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Trade Fair for Professionals)
Saturday and Sunday:10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (open to the public)

Mercedes-Benz fair presence

Stand O/412
Outdoor area

At home on rail and road:the road-rail Unimog.

Within a few minutes, the road-rail Unimog can transfer easily from rail to road. The all rounder as a road-rail combination offers the ideal basis for individually tailored system solutions; as standard it is equipped with all-wheel drive, track width for standard tracks, operating elements and standard interfaces . Numerous attachments and body-mounted implements can be assembled and dismantled in a very short time – for example snow ploughs, front mounted sweepers, working platforms, construction equipment, rail grinding equipment and cleaning or mowing equipment.

The special truck scores in every season with its opportunities for transport companies to make full use of its capacity.With a speed of up to 25 km/h, the Unimog shunts trailer loads of up to 1,000 tonnes on the rail – on its own it travels twice as fast forwards and backwards. Once the rail operation is finished, it can be driven at up to 90 km/h on the road to the next location. Thanks to its efficient drive technology in accordance with the Euro VI standard and the option of single-handed operation via radio remote control, the Unimog is an economical and environmentally friendly alternative to a shunting locomotive.

Unimog U 430 with mower arm.

There will be a real innovation on show in Berlin: a Unimog U 430 equipped by the body manufacturer Zagro with Mulag mower arms – in accordance with the strict regulations of EN 50128 for use in the Deutsche Bahn network. Using its mechanical, hydraulic and electrical interfaces, it enables service providers and infrastructure operators to use professional equipment carriers on the railways at an international level. The focus here is especially on the maintenance of vegetation – but it is also possible to switch a track spray system or snow thrower onto the front of the vehicle.

Hungarian Railways puts a fleet of Unimog to work on its rail network.

Thanks to hydrostat, the Unimog U 430 achieves its optimum working speed in every mission, continuously adjustable from 0.1 to 50 km/h. And safety has been considered too:while the special truck has recently also met the European standard for safety-related software for railways, there is also a fire alarm and fire extinguishing system within the engine compartment.

Profile: Unimog U 430 with mower arm

Shunting vehicle with crane and radio remote control.

The second exhibit at the Berlin trade fair is a shunting vehicle equipped by the company Bahntechnik Zwiehoff based on the radio-controlled Unimog U 423. Innovation: an innovative final drive ratio.This enables the combination of torque converter clutch and hydrostatic drive ex works. This enables the Unimog to combine the manoeuvring of heavy towed loads of up to 1,000 tonnes with additional applications such as the operation of a snow blower – which is particularly interesting for industrial companies with rail sidings worldwide.

Road-rail Unimog as a flexible shunting vehicle at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Bremen.

The Unimog can tow loads of up to 1000 tonnes by rail using radio remote control. The crane body from Unimog ExpertPartner Hiab offers additional operational flexibility.

Profile: Unimog U 423 with crane and radio remote control

Shunting vehicle with lifting platform and remote control.

This shunting vehicle with lifting platform also comes out on top with its remote control: the hydrostatic drive of the Unimog U 423 allows the special truck to be controlled from the platform – a real bonus in day-to-day work. The Unimog as equipped by the French body manufacturer CMAR is particularly used by municipal transport companies and service providers: towing trams in emergencies and shunting work in the depot make up its day-to-day tasks, while the working platform is used to inspect and maintain overhead railway cables. As with all road-rail Unimog models, the high level of friction between the rubber wheel and the steel rail ensures full traction – thus maximising towing power.

Profile: Unimog U 423 with lifting platform

Unimog U 423 with turntable rail guide, double cab and box body.

The range of exhibits is completed by a fourth Unimog U 423, which has been specially designed for use on tram rails: the two-way turntable rail guide from body manufacturer Zweiweg allows trams to be towed even in extremely tight curves. In front, the Kronenburg double cabin of the equipment carrier provides plenty of space for four extra crew members. And at the rear, the spacious box body from Unimog ExpertPartner Zagro provides sufficient storage space for carrying hydraulic rerailing equipment and a wide range of tools required for use by city transport companies or state railways. Depending on the individual requirements of each application area, a wheelbase extension to 4,500 mm and various other chassis modifications are also available as options.

Profile: Unimog U 423 with double cab

A look back at the InnoTrans 2016.

  • 200,000 m² of exhibition area
  • around 145,000 visitors from 119 countries
  • 2,955 exhibitors from 60 countries
  • 951 journalists and media representatives

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