time of "unit" or "standard bogies" has expired, there are no more official institutions, carry out those kind of standardization. The privatization of European rail transport, the growing volume of freight traffic and environmental requirements have changed the development processes in the railway industry sustainable. In the past impulses had been emanated by official authorities and national state railway administrations "guaranteed" orders, today private investors are the customers of manufacturers and expect from them cost effective and also the long term usable future oriented products.
Already in the 1980s and 1990s, there have been innovative approaches, however, was and is the "migration" of these new developments to the market related with difficulties. First development approaches date back in the 1970s ("Y 25 orientable", "Talbot DRRS"). Further impetus came by privatization of British Rail in the 1980s, especially started in the 1990s with the German/Swiss project "LEILA"in the 1990s with the German/Swiss project "LEILA". This project has a lasting impact on the debate about modern freight car running gear and directed attention to questions such as "telematics" and "life cycle cost". Meanwhile, various manufacturers have picked up these impulses and implemented them more or less profound.
"InnoBogies" tries to present, accompany an document these developments. It can't matter this site to comment or evaluate these constructions. Rather here shall information to be collected, prepared and presented which going beyond pure product information supplied by the manufacturers and are hard to reach otherwise. "InnoBogies" is emerged from my website "Güterwagen-Drehgestelle" (www.drehgestelle.de) which - focusing on historic aspects - will be continued in proven manner.
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"InnoBogies" is not possible without the involvement and support of third parties dealing with freight car issues, bogies and provide their knowledge in the form of books or essays, without the Internet forum "Güterwagen" (http://de.groups.yahoo.com/group/goods wagon/) without Detlef Perner "Güterwagen-Correspondenz". To all who are donating information, photos, graphics and drawings available, I sincerely thank!
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