Road-rail vehicle makes railway work easier by miles.
The road-rail vehicle from Mercedes-Benz is the ideal workhorse for putting goods wagons together to form complete trains on a daily basis. The Unimog U 423 easily pushes six four-axled bulk freight and flat wagons around in reverse gear. The 170 kW Euro VI engine in the Special Truck delivers what it promises. And Tatiana Gorgol and her colleague Christophe Blanchard can confirm this.
If one of the owners needs their wagon the perfectly attuned team shunts the wagon bearing the relevant number from wherever it is located to the siding. Christophe Blanchard makes sure that the train is on the right track throughout the shunting operation. Sometimes he has to set the points by hand. That means he is also in constant contact by radio with his colleague at the wheel.
Road-rail Unimog U 423: multitalented and at home on the wharf.
The Unimog needs separate, hydraulically controlled guide rollers at the front and rear to keep it on the tracks. These four steel wheels adjust the contact pressure of the tyres on the tracks according to the prevailing conditions. Contrary to a locomotive, the Unimog doesn't have a sand spreader to increase traction on wet or icy tracks. An air pressure of 5 bar is needed to release the wagons' pneumatic brakes. Tatiana Gorgol and Christophe Blanchard obtain this from the Unimog vehicle's two compressed-air reservoirs.
The Unimog U 423 is the ideal vehicle for my line of work.
Tatiana Gorgol, employee at Société de Garage de Morsbach (SGM)