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Kuenz RTGs into the USA

Kuenz has booked a breakthrough order for its unique FreeRider RTG design in the USA

FreeRider is the innovative RTG concept unveiled by Kuenz in 2018. It features a unique A frame leg sections and a single girder for the trolley. Full details were reported in this earlier article.

Kuenz has announced it will deliver six FreeRider RTGs to Norfolk Southern Railway for its terminal in Austell, Georgia. The cranes will be delivered for manual operation, but with “minor adjustments they will be ready for full automation,’ said Kuenz.

Using A-frame legs and single girder enables the FreeRider to achieved gantry speeds of up to 160 m/min, which is significantly faster than other RTGs available on the market. They company adds that Norfolk Southern Railway will be the first terminal operator in the US to take advantage of this capability.

The cranes will have a very wide, 116ft span, which is sufficient for 11 container rows, and stack 1 over 4 containers high. “With a wide travel gauge of 116 feet, and the capability of gantry travel at maximum speed, while fully loaded, the Kuenz FreeRider opens a new way of operating an intermodal yard. The Kuenz FreeRider is revolutionizing the market with increased productivity, safety, and reduced operations cost which offers a completely new kind of flexibility to Norfolk Southern’s terminal operations," Kuenz concluded.

FreeRider's unique A-frame leg design.
FreeRider's unique A-frame leg design.

Separately, Kuenz has booked an order for a barge to shore crane from Linz Service GmbH, which is redeveloping its trimodal terminal in Linz, in the East of Austria, and adding a second crane.

Kuenz will supply a double cantilever RMG with a slewing trolley and telescopic piggy- back spreader. The crane will span over two adjoined barges, four railway tracks, two truck lanes, a working area for mobile handling equipment as well as a storage area. Delivery is scheduled for 2021.

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