When Siemens and the RWTH put their heads together to imagine new kinds of trains, this is far more than a marginal note in the newspaper: In the aptly named Future Train project, the engineers and researchers are working on nothing less than the future of rail travel. Their work focuses on new technologies, innovative materials, development methods and manufacturing processes. Further key aspects include the development of multimodal mobility concepts for the holistic integration of rail and individual transport.
“At the forefront of this cooperation are two paths for the onward development of rail transport,” explains Jürgen Schlaht, Head of Innovative Technologies Mainline Transport at Siemens. “On the one hand, we and the RWTH are looking at the evolutionary advancement of the classic railway – in this case with a particular focus on even more efficient development and manufacturing methods. Highly integrated plug-and-play modules can allow us to reach a previously unattained combination of process simplification and cost reduction on the manufacturing side, while also adding to our flexibility to meet specific customer requirements.