ULS--A NEW APPROACH TO ROAD/RAIL CONTAINER TRANSFER

With over 2.2 million ISO containers and several hundred thousand non-ISO boxes in use world-wide, the need to facilitate transfer between different modes of land transportation is becoming more important. At the same time, there is a need to overcome problems of transferring containers from road or rail vehicles to/from loading platforms and/or the ground at either end of the transport chain, particularly in areas where for various reasons the use of vertical lift equipment is not possible. The Umschlaggerat Lassig-Schwanhausser ULS system, developed in response to a research order by the Ministry of Development and Technology of the German Federal Republic, is a rail-mounted horizontal transfer device which runs on standard gauge railway track thus eliminating the need for heavy foundations or expensive roadworks needed by other systems. Being self-powered and having the ability to operate below the overhead contact wires of electrified rail lines the ULS can transfer containers from railway car to road vehicle and vice versa at the rate of one a minute. The system has been designed to handle 20 ft, 30 ft and 40 ft boxes or two 20 ft boxes simultaneously. It can also be used to load semi-trailers on to railway cars.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Cargo Systems Publications Limited

    McMillan House, 54 Cheam Common Road
    Worchester Park, Surrey KT4 8RJ,   England 
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Accession Number: 00314973
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM