Quotation Kummer, Sebastian. 2020. letter in IRJ magazine of October 2020.


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Europe could have had automatic couplers in the 1970s. It’s crazy times. Coupling rail wagons is a manual process that is carried out automatically in many countries and continents such as Russia and Asia. In Europe, the automatic coupler (p6) was on course for introduction as early as the 1970s, and new rail wagons were to be prepared for it - so the plan was. This never happened in the swamp of trade unions and incompetent politics, even if there were repeated attempts and advocates. I have spoken in lectures and publications for the automatic coupler in my work in Dresden, Vallendar and for the Institute for Transport Economics and Logistics since 2001. Automatic couplers have not only economic and ecological advantages, but also social ones because manual coupling is dangerous work that has a high risk of injury. It is all the more absurd that unions have significantly prevented their introduction. Now the digital automatic coupler is coming. It is said to be an innovation, making Germany a technology leader. If it comes, it will be good - better 40-50 years late than never. Its name is, of course, eyewash: the main advantage can be achieved without digital frills and the controls have been digital for some time. We will of course try to support the introduction of the automatic coupler as quickly as possible. If it needs “digital” as a bow tie, so be it. However, the history of the automatic coupler is shaped by preventing innovation. It is an example of how those who pretend to be on the side of railways are working against them.

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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Media report
Language English
Title letter in IRJ magazine of October 2020
Source International Railway Journal
Year 2020
URL https://www.railjournal.com

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Kummer, Sebastian (Details)
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Institute for Transport and Logistics Management (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5332 Transport economics (Details)
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