A tram journey – with 66t of auxiliary material

A tram depot is a complex and special building. There are countless rails and electrical overhead lines for the trams and many pits in between to enable maintenance work on the trams. And there is a basement under the entire building.

In order to place the new underfloor lathe with its weight of more than 16 tonnes into its new foundation, all these aspects had to be taken into account in detail during the planning phase. They required some special solutions.

In the end, more than 60 tonnes of auxiliary materials were required to unload the new machine from the delivery truck with two Montys, move it to the pit on special heavy-duty rail vehicles and to place it in its foundation.

About VBZ

The ZVV is the governing organisation of public transport in the canton of Zurich, but is not a transport company. The actual transport services are provided by eight so-called market-responsible companies. The Verkehrsbetriebe Zürich (VBZ) is one of it. They are a municipal service department and move passengers around the city of Zurich, employing around 2500 people. With a turnover of around 580 million Swiss francs in 2020, VBZ is one of the largest licensed transport companies in Switzerland and the largest urban transport company in Switzerland.

About Talgo

Talgo is a manufacturer and maintenance provider of rail vehicles and special machines for their maintenance. Talgo (Deutschland) GmbH, based in Berlin, is part of the globally operating Talgo Group. Among other things, Talgo (Deutschland) GmbH is responsible for all Talgo maintenance machines in Northern and Central Europe.

Special equipment

  • 4x lifting columns 15t incl. rails, beams
  • 2x Montylift-16
  • 1x forklift 5t
  • Truck loading crane
  • Truck-trailer combination
  • Special heavy duty rail vehicles


Hansjörg, David, Pascal


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September 14, 2024

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