Over the past several months, three DAC types from four manufacturers were rigorously tested by the DAC4EU consortium. The results from these tests were collected, consolidated and submitted to the European DAC Delivery program (EDDP) under Shift2Rail. In mid-September, the Programme Board made its decision, opting for the Scharfenberg Coupling Type. The Schwab and SA3 designs were both eliminated.
The decision was confirmed by the EDDP’s Supervisory Board. Johann Feindert, CEO at GATX Rail Europe and member of the EDDP Board said, “It’s been a long road and we’re happy to have reached this milestone after an extensive period of testing. We are convinced that the best design has won the race. Now we are looking forward to working alongside all manufacturers, including newly joined Knorr-Bremse, to get the Scharfenberg design from prototype to serial production.”
The next step in the EDDP is to collaborate with the industry to make the Scharfenberg Coupling Type market ready.