The growth of rail traffic requires the acceptance of the local population. Our contribution: halving train noise.
The topic of railway noise has occupied the sector, and wagon keepers in particular, for over a decade. Loud freight trains are especially burdensome for people living near heavily travelled rail lines. Rolling noises have thus far been the main source of noise emitted by freight trains. The wagon keepers have lived up to their responsibility here. Since 2021, the wagons running on the German network have been fitted with modern composite brake blocks. The switch to these so-called whisper brakes required an investment of billions and posed tremendous organisational challenges. The result is easy on the ears: the fleets are now 10 decibels quieter, which corresponds to a halving of the noise perceived by the human ear as the trains pass by.