AAE commissions construction of new generation intermodal wagons

TWIN II-test-köln-schräg_FotorThe AAE group is having 100 low-noise, new generation pocket wagons built in order to increase the capacity of the virtually exhausted supply of railcars for the transport of mega-trailers by rail. In addition to its initial firm order, AAE has secured a series of options for several hundred further wagons. This was announced today by AAE, Europe’s leading railway wagon leasing company for intermodal transport at the Transport Logistic trade fair in Munich. AAE is investing around €20 million in the in-house development and purchase of the first 100 vehicles of the new generation freight cars, which go under the name of Twin II. Deliveries are due to start at the latest in the first quarter of 2014.

“With this new generation of pocket wagons we are pursuing three strategic goals in intermodal transport”, says Karsten Sachsenröder, the company’s CEO.

“Firstly, we want to meet the demands of our clients, who in addition to containers and swap bodies are increasingly looking for transport options for mega-trailers.” With the Twin I AAE has opened up the market for pocket wagons, which are also suitable for mega-trailers and it has a fleet of 1,000 of these wagons, but they are all fully booked. This is because trailers – and increasingly mega-trailers – have been the fastest growing transport container segment in recent years. Companies want to deploy these very flexible trailers in combined road and rail transport, however, because they do not fit into conventional pocket wagons due to their larger volume there are too few wagons available.

“Secondly, we want to consolidate our role as an innovator and market leader. That’s why we have further optimised the successful Twin I model.” AAE technicians have reduced the tare weight of the six-axle wagon by two tonnes to around 35 tonnes. At the same time they have made the construction design more robust in key areas – such as the hitch for the trailer’s kingpin – and simplified its operation. “The roller beams on which containers and swap bodies are seated are now designed in such a way that they can be quickly and easily rolled and locked into the correct position for each container length by one person. This speeds up handling in the terminals.”