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Does anyone have a Germany, Italy, Switzerland station plan with a 'rolling road' loading facility for tunnel transit? Fleischmann have the rail vehicles in N (8270 etc), do these load from the side (as Channel Tunnel) for from the end? Thanks to anyone for any assistance.
 

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QUOTE (jag @ 19 Jan 2008, 18:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does anyone have a Germany, Italy, Switzerland station plan with a 'rolling road' loading facility for tunnel transit? Fleischmann have the rail vehicles in N (8270 etc), do these load from the side (as Channel Tunnel) for from the end? Thanks to anyone for any assistance.
Hello hello hello Jag! Welcome to the Forum!! There is a thread about this here.

The majority of RoLa wagons load from the ends, but there are new versions that load from the side. The end coaches have opening tailgates and then the lorries drive along the train to position. Fleischmann makes models of the German ones and also offer the liveries of the Italian, Swiss and Austrian versions and they look very good with Herpa 1:160 trucks. Regarding a station plan...I have been looking but haven't found one! Perhaps if you know where the RoLa trains operate from and to, then searching for pictures/satelite coverage of these end places will yield a plan. However you don't need any special infrastructure for them - just a siding for the train, a ramp and a car park for the trucks to wait in to load onto/off the train...

The Rollende Strasse isn't just used for tunnels, but rather for crossing the Alps where big heavy polluting trucks would clog the winding roads, and allow the drivers to have a rest, now a legal requirement in the EU I think, but keeps the trucks moving. The trains operate from northern Italy to southern Germany via Switzerland or Austria, from end to end along Austria, from the ports of Eastern Europe etc. etc. although of course there are plenty of tunnels involved! Try looking at the HUPAC (Swiss), ÖKOMBI (Austrian) etc. websites for more information!

I hope some of this of use to you!
 

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QUOTE (jag @ 19 Jan 2008, 18:35) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Does anyone have a Germany, Italy, Switzerland station plan with a 'rolling road' loading facility for tunnel transit? Fleischmann have the rail vehicles in N (8270 etc), do these load from the side (as Channel Tunnel) for from the end? Thanks to anyone for any assistance.

Hello Godel

Thank you for your assistance and particularly the link to a previous thread, with end loading there must be quite a few shunting moves before the trucks can be driven off the rail wagons.
 

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QUOTE (jag @ 20 Jan 2008, 16:20) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello Goedel

Thank you for your assistance and particularly the link to a previous thread, with end loading there must be quite a few shunting moves before the trucks can be driven off the rail wagons.

Hello Jag,

Glad I could help - there is a very good video here of how the Austrians do it:

http://www.oekombi.at/

Click on "ROLA - Trucks by train" (in big red letters, on the middle of the right side) which takes you to it (which is on the www.rola.at website, although this doesn't quite work correctly in English - there are some menus missing, but is correct on the German language version.)

In fact, the interactive map on the main ÖKOMBI website doesn't work properly either on the English version! Here is the operated routes:



Also an interesting article here:

http://www.railcargo.at/en/News/News/2007/..._ROLA/index.jsp

I should not forget the Swiss HUPAC too, they have some excellent pictures of both Swiss ROLA and piggyback wagons you can download:

http://www.hupac.ch
 

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QUOTE (goedel @ 20 Jan 2008, 16:37) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hello Jag,

Glad I could help - there is a very good video here of how the Austrians do it:

http://www.oekombi.at/

Click on "ROLA - Trucks by train" (in big red letters, on the middle of the right side) which takes you to it (which is on the www.rola.at website, although this doesn't quite work correctly in English - there are some menus missing, but is correct on the German language version.)

In fact, the interactive map on the main ÖKOMBI website doesn't work properly either on the English version! Here is the operated routes:



Also an interesting article here:

http://www.railcargo.at/en/News/News/2007/..._ROLA/index.jsp

I should not forget the Swiss HUPAC too, they have some excellent pictures of both Swiss ROLA and piggyback wagons you can download:

http://www.hupac.ch

Hello Godel

Thank you again, you are a mine of information!
 
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