Mercedes-Benz presents new Unimog road-railer at InnoTrans 2018

2 MinutesBy NZ Trucking magazineSeptember 19, 2018

The latest Unimog road-railers are on display at the InnoTrans show in Berlin, the world’s leading international trade fair for the rail sector. The Unimog road-railer is used as a shunting vehicle for rail and overhead cable maintenance, and for other jobs on and beside the rails.

At this year‘s show Mercedes-Benz Special Trucks is presenting a new drivetrain variant featuring a combination of torque-converter clutch and hydrostatic traction drive. This means that a Unimog shunting vehicle is ideally equipped for pulling high loads of up to 1000 t as well as for additional applications, e.g. operating a snow cutter. A host of newly designed system solutions will also be on display. These exhibits demonstrate the wide range of rail applications the Unimog can cover when fitted with implements and bodies from internationally renowned implement manufacturers and bodybuilders.

On display for the first time is a Unimog road-railer with a body for clear cutting work, including an arm that has a digital height limiting function with software certification to EN 50128. This safety feature is a prerequisite for rail approval in the German rail network.

When equipped as a support vehicle, the Unimog road-railer is suitable for urban transport operators and national railways. It allows broken-down trams to be towed away, even on tight bends. This Unimog variant features a crewcab for up to seven people, a box body and hydraulic rerailers.