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The largest railway freight station in the Netherlands is to be automated

The largest railway freight station in the Netherlands is to be automated
photo: Kijfhoek rail freight terminal
30 / 05 / 2021

The Kijfhoek station will install automated and digital systems to help optimize operations and improve efficiency, reliability, and safety.

The Kijfhoek rail freight terminal - the largest in the Netherlands and a major link between Rotterdam's ports and the main industrial areas in Europe - will be equipped with the latest fully automated line-up management system, while ensuring 15 years of maintenance of these facilities.

ProRail B.V. has implemented a EUR 110 million contract with Siemens Mobility, which will provide its Trackguard Cargo MSR32 automation solution.

The Kijfhoek station is located southeast of Rotterdam and covers an area of 50 hectares, with 14 access, 41 line-up, and 12 stairway tracks.

Andre Rodenbeck, Managing Director of Rail Infrastructure at Siemens Mobility, said: "Increased automation of rail freight stations, systems and processes has a significant impact on the economic efficiency of freight transport, as intelligent systems enable faster delivery of goods, in a more reliable and much more sustainable way. As the world's leading leader in cargo automation and maintenance, our sophisticated Trackguard Cargo MSR32 solution and highly digitized customer service will enable Kijfhoek to safely increase the efficiency and reliability of its operations. "

The automation solution will allow the station to operate marshaling and catchment operations with a high degree of efficiency, reliability, and safety. In addition, highly digitized service will improve general operations and reduce overall lifecycle costs. The project is due to be completed in 2024 and Kijfhoek will continue to function at least 50 percent of its capacity during these works.

Track guard Cargo MSR32 is a proven system specially designed to efficiently manage and organize the movement of rail cars in cargo ships. It allows for rationalization of operating sequences at all levels, from train arrival to train departure, and provides the maximum possible automation of all working cycles and catchment operations. This includes route and speed control units for all points, speed bumps, and propulsion systems, as well as radio integration of the catchment locomotive, which will carefully control the gradient speed.