After Sales & Service
for rail gangways
Typically railway vehicles have an operating life of 30 to 40 years. The gangway systems of the vehicles, however, have a shorter life cycle because they are one of the vehicle components that is subject to the highest stress levels. During every kilometer of travel gangways are compensating for the different motions between the cars.
Particularly in curves, enormous forces are exerted on the folding or corrugated bellows and the other elements of the gangways. Exposure to weather conditions also cause the flexible connections to age more quickly than components that are not directly exposed to the outside environment. Depending on the routes that are traveled, climate factors, operating hours and the quality of maintenance, gangways on average need to be replaced or refurbished every 12 to 15 years.
It is unavoidable that gangways will have to be replaced – at the latest at some point in the middle of a railway vehicle's overall life cycle. With the right planning, however, the costs of this necessary step can be reduced considerably.