The RAILCONTACT 2019, an industry meeting organized yearly by the AC Styria Mobility Cluster was the chosen platform to present a study commissioned by the Cluster Management. The results of this study which I could develop together with RCC Rail Competence and Certification GmbH from Graz, Austria, contains an analysis of the options and factors influencing future rail propulsion systems. In a simple statement we draw the conclusion that “the respective landscape will become more diverse and complex, as the alternative options will increase and comprise significant system implications.” However, one should not assume that this change may be far off, as historic precedence shows that such system shifts in the rail sector typically took less than 15 years to complete, once initiated.
The study is available in English from the AC Styria. If you are interested, please go to: