Railway sleeper production in Neuss.
The rail network in Germany is about three times longer than the motorway network. So it comes as no surprise that there is a constant need for renovation, renewal and repair work. Work is carried out on several hundred track construction sites every day. And this often means: new sleepers, if you please! DW Schwellen GmbH specialises in the manufacture of prestressed concrete track sleepers and pre-stressed concrete point sleepers. At its production sites in Güsen, Neuss and Augsburg, the company manufactures track sleepers to keep German trains moving as optimally as possible.
A standard sleeper is 260 cm long and weighs 288 kg. Individual track sleepers weigh up to 352 kg – depending on the railway requirements. A standard sleeper must be laid every 60 centimetres. Repairing or building a brand new line stretching several kilometres is no small feat. At the Neuss plant, 52 employees take care of sleeper production. They can produce up to 1,200 sleepers per day. However, they need to be left to cure for seven days before they can be delivered. Only then is the resilience of the concrete 100% guaranteed.