A new report published by RSSB could lead to savings for the rail industry up to £2.5m a year, by reducing the disruption associated with broken down trains.
The report recommends that rolling stock owners should ensure that trains travelling at less than 250km/h use couplers that are compatible with the Scharfenberg Type 12 and the compatible Voith 136.
The best method of moving a broken-down train is to attach another locomotive and haul it. However, there is only a 50% chance of the nearest locomotive having a compatible coupler; a number that drops to 20% in some parts of the country.
Enabling broken down trains to be moved quickly and efficiently by the nearest service, regardless of the operator, allows the railway to continue providing its service to passengers and freight. As well as reducing costs, this will also improve the network’s capacity and the experience of customers.