In view of the worsening living conditions in towns and cities filled to overflowing with private cars, but also for economic reasons and to reduce great dependence on oil imports, there must be greater use of local public transport. But only a much improved service can bring this about. The automatic "H-Bahn" (or suspended rail system) developed by Siemens A.G. and DUWAG Waggon-fabrik Uerdingen A.G. offers such an opportunity at a cost which is comparable with conventional local transport. Its features are a frequent service with comfortable vehicles not only during the busy times of day, fast connections on a track unobstructed by other traffic, and the safety which is inherent in a tracked system. Trials have been carried out with the "H-Bahn" on a 1.4-km-long test track with six cars and three halts built at the Siemens research centre in Erlangen. It was shown that the short construction and and assembly times causes only minimal hinderance to road traffic and also that the investment is profitable. During the trials, with so far 180,000 vehicle-kilometres and continuous running lasting several days, full success was achieved with the hierarchic automation structure, the computers and their programmes, the safety level and the vehicles with their D.C. or asynchronous linear motors. The trials suggested some improvements in detail and these are now being incorporated into the system. The "H-Bahn" is thus ready for public transport service. The first layout is to be built for Dortmund University and is scheduled to go into service at the end of 1982.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Hestra Verlag

    Holzhofallee 33, Postfach 4244
    6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
  • Authors:
    • Ziegler, W
  • Publication Date: 1980-6


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00322552
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Railways
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 11 1981 12:00AM