Deutsche Bahn

Testing of ROBEL ROMIS under way at DB Systemtechnik

Approval testing of state-of-the-art maintenance vehicle.

(Minden, September 2020) ROBEL, the Bavarian manufacturer of railway construction machines, has appointed DB Systemtechnik GmbH to conduct approval testing on its state-of-the-art maintenance vehicle.

Following approval by DB Netz AG, the ROMIS vehicle system, which stands for ROBEL Mobile Maintenance System, will be used as a track maintenance train that will raise the standard of maintenance work conducted on the line to a whole new level.

Vehicle details

The vehicle consists of three parts, the traction and supply unit (drive unit with a staff lounge, sanitary facilities and workshop), the intermediate wagon (material storage with a transport crane and tail lifts) and the maintenance unit (work area).

A special feature of this vehicle is the mobile maintenance unit, which has direct open access to the track with an overhead crane and extendable side walls. All maintenance work performed on the track takes place within this protected, fully illuminated work area.  Additional safety measures such as barriers are not required.

Details of the test, which commenced in June 2020

DB Systemtechnik GmbH is responsible for conducting approval testing on ROMIS in the following technical disciplines: EMC (including protection of persons), running equipment, brake equipment and acoustics. Testing is currently taking place on the maintenance vehicle when it is both stationary and moving, i.e. running on various lines in Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg (e.g. the old "Geislinger Steige" trade route), Rhineland-Palatinate and Lower Saxony. All tests are expected to be successfully concluded by the end of October.

Test preparations

In addition to preparing for the extensive series of tests, which included obtaining a licence for test drives from the German Federal Railway Authority and DB Netz AG, particular emphasis was also placed on training train drivers to drive and operate ROMIS. To this end, training was held at ROBEL's headquarters in Freilassing where the manufacturer conducted very effective and successful training for test train drivers from DB Systemtechnik GmbH and future train drivers of ROMIS (DB Netz, Maschinenpool).