Mercedes-Benz Reads “Little Engine That Could,” Preps Unimog for Rail Servicing
Rail-Ready ‘Mog to be Used for Shunting and Maintenance Worldwide
The Mercedes-Benz Unimog is the workhorse of the global market, used for everything from fire service and road maintenance to airplane tugging. The rugged truck can be found practically everywhere in the world except for North America, and now it will be available in a road-rail configuration all around the globe.
Just announced at the Innotrans international rail trade fair in Berlin, the Unimog railroader can be had in Russian and Chinese markets in its Euro V version, offering shunting, overhead cable maintenance, and other work along the railways of Eurasia. Other perks include a variety of upfits, including an elevating work platform for tall jobs, plus remote low-speed radio control, easing single-worker jobs by allowing the driver to operate the Unimog from the platform.
Thanks to the Unimog’s available rail gears, wagon brake system (which can operate on up to 52 rail wagon axles), and super-low gearing, Mercedes-Benz boasts a towing capacity of up to 1000 tonnes (more than 2 million pounds). Those rail gears tuck up underneath the ’Moggie whenever it travels on regular roads, giving it dual-purpose capability. As with other road-rail trucks, propulsion comes from the tires in both scenarios, although the M-B uses extremely specialized wheels and tires for rail duty. The radio-control system can also be used to hook up railcars from outside the vehicle; the operator stands behind the Unimog and guides it into place using the radio controls.
It’s just one more job to add onto the Unimog’s already-impressive résumé, proving its versatile capability yet again.