ROBEL Transport System


ROBEL Transport System

54.17 / 55.70 Transport system for flexible municipal construction logistics. Train combinations for every new construction and maintenance job.

  • For use on all railway systems in and around towns
  • Optimised processes for shorter construction periods
  • Transports all equipment and materials in no time
  • Mixed mode pursuant to BOStrab and EBO
  • Materials transport, train recovery, winter services
  • Drives accurately and safely up to top speed
  • Optional: one operator to run four vehicles
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Drive 6-cylinder hydrostatic diesel engine
Deutz, exhaust emission rating to RL97/68/EC Level IV final
Output 390 kW; hydrostatic transmission of power to 3 axles
Weight 37 t total weight incl. 2 t payload
Working mode 60 km/h self-propelled, 60 km/h hauled
Dimension 14.5 m total length over draw gear
Braking Pneumatic direct/indirect, spring-actuated, magnetic rail brake, wheel slide protection (WSP also active during hauled drive)
Loading crane PK 11502 B with height limiter and adjacent track locking
Max. outreach 10,4 m

Which components does the ROBEL Transport System consist of?

The system comprises

  • 2 RORUNNER Track Vehicle (54.17)
  • with crane and on-board auxiliary driver's cabin for push-pull operation
  • 1 RORUNNER Track Vehicle without crane (54.17)
  • 2 ROTRAILER Low-Loading Wagons (55.70/2) with various platform installations
  • 1 ROTRAILER Long Rail Vehicle (55.70/3) for up to 18 m rails
  • 1 ROTRAILER Ballast Transport Wagon (55.70/4)
  • 1 ROTRAILER (55.70/5)
    with high-pressure jetting and vacuum system for underground systems

With the eight vehicles, up to 16 different train combinations can be formed; these are designed for mixed operations according to EBON/A and BOStrab and can cover all transport tasks in urban maintenance operations.

What and how much can I transport using ROBEL's Transport System?


  • RORUNNER w/ crane: 2 t
  • RORUNNER w/o crane: 3 t

ROTRAILER payload: up to 18 t

Compared to previous methods, the system will transport greater loads in less time:

  • The general-purpose trailers carry sleepers and construction materials to platforms all of types - including low loading ones - occurring in the network.
  • Heavy components such as ticket vending machines, groups of seats or transformers are taken straight to the destination platform.
  • Cable reels, escalators, control cabinets, cleaning equipment, construction machinery
  • Rails up to 18 metres long
  • As opposed to just side tipping, up to 17 t of ballast can now also be dumped and spread centrally.

In a nutshell, you will need fewer trips for more material.

What are the retrofit options of the ROTRAILER low-loading wagon?

  • Filler element and side walls
  • Filler element and deflector walls
  • Filler element, side and deflector walls
  • Side walls and cable drum block
  • Detachable skip

What is special about maintaining railway systems in public road traffic?

Maintenance in moving urban traffic puts high demands on the vehicles' acceleration and braking capabilities: They should be able to stop abruptly for other road users at any time. All wagons feature direct and indirect pneumatic brake systems, spring actuators (parking brake), magnetic track brakes and anti-skid / wheel slide protection.


Rapid braking essentially depends on a good view, particularly if the train is travelling at top speed (60 km/h) itself. The track vehicle features large windows on all sides and a pivoting driver's seat which provides the operator an unrestricted view of the platform edge, zebra crossings, signals and people or cars on the roadside. If used separately, the track vehicle's rear cabin gives a full view of what's happening on-site.

Why does urban infrastructural work have to be completed faster?

The high utilisation of the urban railways during the week and in some cases transport operating also throughout the night at weekends are a burden for the public networks and pose new challenges for infrastructure operators: Maintenance requirement is increasing, the available time slots available for it are decreasing.

Up to 90% of the urban maintenance work takes place during the night when the trains are not operating; on average a mere two to four hours are available for this maintenance work.

Thus, infrastructure work has to be better organised and faster to ensure that highly frequented lines remain available. There is little time for ad-hoc deployment due to broken rails or line damage. Therefore continuous maintenance and timely error correction are the prerequisites for fault-free operation.


TfL: Modern maintenance for London's Elizabeth line

Transport for London receives flexible and modular vehicle systems for inspection and maintenance of urban railway tunnel infrastructure in short time frames.

  • One system for all tunnel maintenance needs
  • Quick, versatile and efficient
  • Safe transport of operators, equipment and materials
  • Replacement of rails and switches in short time frame
  • Drainage jetting, catenary maintenance and vehicle recovery
  • In service with London's Elizabeth line
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What are the benefits of the RORUNNER system?

One system for all tunnel maintenance needs

  • Customizable vehicle system with work modules
  • Inspection and maintenance in short time frames with quick and easy workflow


Quick, versatile and efficient

  • Replacement of rails and switches in confined space
  • Transport of 18 to 36 meter switches
  • Drainage cleaning
  • Catenary maintenance
  • Emergency vehicle recovery
  • User-friendly workflow


Safe transport of operators, equipment and materials

  • Messroom for up to 10 people
  • Safe tunnel working environment

Which components do the RORUNNER systems for Elizabeth line include?


1 track vehicle with multi-purpose flatbed loading area

1 transport wagon

1 track vehicle with messroom for 10 workers



1 track vehicle with crane and workman basket or hydraulic rail tongue attachment

1 transport wagon

1 track vehicle with messroom for 10 workers


1 transport wagon adapted for the installation of measurement equipment for rail condition testing


Work units:


RODRAIN drainage cleaning system

ROPORT wire drum

ROHOIST scissor lift

ROLIFT mobile exchange system with 6 gantries

Which maintenance tasks will be done by the RORUNNER systems for the Elizabeth line?

  • Inspection, maintenace and exchange of overhead catenary system
  • Replacement of switches
  • Replacement of rails up to 20 meters
  • Drainage cleaning
  • Emergency recovery of rail vehicles
  • Inspection and maintenance of tunnel infrastructure
  • Cleaning of glass elements in stations
  • Transport of people, equipment and materials

How does the mobile exchange system work?

One of the key issues in urban rail maintenance is the lack of space when loading or unloading switches or rails within tunnel confines. The modular on-off loading device of the mobile exchange system secures to the platform with twist locks when needed and unloads the preassembled gantries.

Project schedule

Order placement: August 2016


Construction: September 2016 - Juli 2017


Factory acceptance test: May 2018


Delivery: August 2018

Quotes of project partners

Stuart Hines-Randle, TfL Yellow Plant Project Manager:

Robel and Plasser UK have demonstrated their ability to innovate new solutions throughout this project. Their concept for switch rail changes using a gantry system, deployed directly from the train, working around the wagons to deliver, install and remove the scrap was particularly impressive, addressing a key maintenance challenge. The system worked correctly first time at the recent successful Factory Acceptance Tests in Salzburg. It has been a great experience working with Plasser UK and Robel and I’m excited to see the trains start work on the Elizabeth line.”


Mark Simmons, CEO Plasser UK

“TfL challenged us to develop a versatile maintenance concept. Robel, applying their special skill in delivering customized solutions, have designed and produced a modular vehicle system which exceeded the case study targets. Plasser UK, Robel and TfL worked in close collaboration, integrating user suggestions throughout the whole project. The result is a solution that delights the customer.“


Robert Gratz, Robel Project Manager

“Only if you know what is really needed right there on track, you are able to develop solutions in line with the market. We are proud that the new RORUNNER System has been consigned today to Transport for London exactly as it should be – on schedule, in accordance with the contract and ready for use.“

Which countries already certified this configuration of the RORUNNER System?

Certification: Great Britain

Kinematic envelope: W6A, G1, Crossrail Structural Gauge


Maintenance Vehicle for Catenary Installations

57.44 Functional work vehicle for the scheduled maintenance and repair of catenaries. State-of-the-art and powerful.

  • Two elevating work platforms for a long reach
  • Radio remote control ensures safe work
  • Large workshop area
  • Storage and social rooms
  • Catenary wire pusher
  • Flexible drive for various operations
  • Ergonomic roof access design
  • Modular expansion options
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Drive Dieselmotor
Output 2 x 480 kW
Speed max. 140 km/h
Power transmission hydrodynamic (regular mode) hydrostatic (work mode)
Length over buffers 24.900 mm
Axle arrangement B‘B‘
Weight 76 t
Payload 5 t

ROBEL Transport System

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