Industrial railway

A work train or railway station is a station on a site ( for example, factory or mining site ) located railroad that serves to fulfill an internal rail transport and, if incurred as a connecting railway.

Industrial railways are mostly short standard gauge railway sidings, which are used only by freight trains. They are also found where road ways are not easy to implement or were, as in Torfabbaugebieten.

When mining companies as MIBRAG, Brown Rhine or the Ruhr coal AG can be found extensive industrial railway networks (coal trains / colliery railways). Some of these are also narrow gauge and / or run underground. Since the current is generated in the adjacent power plants on site, they are usually operated electrically or with Akkuloks.

In many cases, the normal operation of locomotives because of explosion hazard, to the factory tracks is not possible, for example, when storage tanks or chemical factories are operated. There, specific locomotives are used.

Known industrial railways

  • Railway Zinnowitz Peenemünde ( remnants of the former industrial railway of the Army Research Center Peenemünde )
  • Industrial railways BASF to Ludwigshafen
  • Industrial Railways of the railways and ports Duisburg
  • Industrial Railways of Vattenfall Europe AG in the Lusatian lignite mining area
  • Infraleuna industrial railways of Leunawerke
  • Mansfeld mining railway ( oldest German narrow gauge railway station, now a museum railway )
  • Industrial railways MIBRAG in the Central German lignite mining area
  • Industrial Railways of RBH Logistics GmbH, formerly the industrial railways of the Ruhr coal AG
  • Industrial Railways of RWE Power (Rhein Braun) AG in the Rhenish lignite mining area
  • The forest railway Muskau
  • Works railway Dyckerhoff

In a broader sense can be considered as industrial railways

  • Railways for the transport and degradation of agricultural goods
  • Sea salt railways gained for transport (eg the Mediterranean)
  • Mining trains to break down rocks and ores, including by Kaolinbahnen, sound paths and brick paths
  • Peat railways
  • Forestry railways to transport the harvested timber
  • Quarry railways for transporting the broken bedrock

These are usually performed schmalspurig.