Driveline Technology for Rail Vehicles

An average of 30 years of operation in passenger and goods transport means one thing: The cost-effectiveness of a train depends to a large extent on the service life of its components. Faster journey and transport speeds, driving safety, and more demanding requirements on comfort require continuous improvements in components. ZF engineers set out to meet current challenges and to develop pioneering technologies for rail vehicles. This approach results in low vehicle weight, greater ride comfort and safety as well as reduced fuel consumption and lower emission levels. Driveline systems from ZF are more than the sum of their parts. ZF‘s extensive in-house expertise translates straight into added value for the customer. It is this knowledge that extends the service life of ZF products and makes them more economical. A process aided by the intra-company transfer of technical know-how. For example, some aspects of transmission technology from the commercial vehicle sector can be utilized for rail travel. This cuts down development time. As a technological leader for modern driveline technology, ZF guarantees tangible customer value. Noticeable fuel savings, a longer service life, and optimum shift comfort – those are the advantages of the currently most powerful powershift transmission on the rail vehicle driveline technology market.


From an environmental and social perspective, we must conserve resources, energy, and raw materials, all of which are becoming increasingly scarce. In ZF’s international network of development centers, approximately 7 100 engineers are working on the mobility of tomorrow. With success, because innovative products by ZF keep setting standards for state-of-the-art technology.

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