Operation of “silent wagons”

With effect from 1 January 2020, Switzerland shall apply Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/774 on the reduction of noise from rolling stock. We remind all customers that only consignments loaded in wagons equipped with silent brake blocks will be accepted for transport to or transit through Switzerland. These are wagons which have next to the inscription of the type of the brake additional marks “K”, “L”, “LL”, or wagons with disc brakes, where the letter “D” is indicated.

The brake blocks replacement process has started

ČD Cargo has started the brake blocks retrofit process, the aim of which is to replace cast-iron brake blocks on selected wagons. The purpose rests in reduction of a noisy load and meeting noise requirements according to the relevant interoperability specifications. Composite brake blocks reduce vehicle noise by up to 10 dB.

Within this project, ČD Cargo intends to expand its current fleet of “silent wagons” which counts 521 wagons so far and is predominantly made up of new vehicles equipped with brake blocks of Category K. ČD Cargo applied for financial support under Call No. 46 of the Operational Program Transport – Ensuring Interoperability in Rail Transport – replacement of brake blocks for freight wagons.

The total financial support makes a maximum of 50% of the eligible costs while these costs are limited to amount of CZK 12,000 for one railway wagon. ČD Cargo expects to use the confirmed funds for retrofitting of a total of 12,404 vehicles.


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It offers the transport of a wide array of goods ranging from raw materials to products with a high added value, transport of containers, special consignment, rental of railway wagons, railway siding services, and other transport services.