German Construction Vehicles Deployed for Thailand’s New Railway

May 2024

Germany’s Daimler Truck is one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle manufacturers, with over 40 production sites around the globe and more than 100,000 employees. It offers light, medium, and heavy-duty trucks, city and intercity buses, coaches, and bus chassis.

Daimler recently announced that two new Unimog U 423s for rail/road applications have commenced operations in Bangkok. These vehicles carry out a wide range of maintenance work on the latest Red Line metro route in the Thai capital. The Red Line comprises two lines that meet at Bang Sue Station in the center of Bangkok.

Bangkok’s heavily polluted metropolitan area has decided to build the 40 km long overground railway line to minimize its high traffic volumes and smog. Two Unimog vehicles with environmentally friendly Euro 6 exhaust technology have been purchased as service vehicles.

The Unimog U 423 rail guidance system has been provided by Zagro Bahn- und Baumaschinen GmbH. Thanks to the unique road/rail technology, these vehicles can also run and work on narrow, meter-gauge railways. As a means of comparison, Standard gauge rail networks have a track width of 1435 mm.

One of the two Unimogs has been equipped with a loading crane. The second vehicle comes with a Zagro elevating work platform with a maximum load capacity of 200 kg. As a result, the Unimog is optimally equipped for installation and maintenance work on the overhead line network on the new metro line.

(Source: Daimler Truck)

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