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Clever solutions for diverse tasks

Vehicles that can be used flexibly for the repair and maintenance of the rail infrastructure on both railway and metro lines are in demand. Plasser & Theurer’s auxiliary vehicles from the DIC series meet this demand. Thanks to high-quality components also used on larger machines, the vehicle series fulfils the quality standards of high-class machines at low acquisition costs.

In the early 1990s, the first DIC machines were introduced onto the Spanish market. Today, more than 160 units have been supplied to many regions of the world, including North Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. In addition, the DIC series is used in European countries such as Italy, France, Poland, Spain and Portugal. 

Plasser Ibérica, our Spanish partner company, designs and manufactures the machines, Plasser & Theurer’s know-how and experience have shaped both the machines’ design and manufacture. The machines are fitted with key components from Austria. The result: high-quality machines from the DIC series. 

Designed for the most diverse tasks 

The modular design of the DIC series makes it possible to build machines that meet the individual needs of our customers, without changes to the basic pricing structure. Today, the series comprises machines that are between 8 m and 30 m long, ranging from small auxiliary vehicles, such as the DIC 10, to machines in a two-part design, such as the DIC 90. The machines’ possible fields of application include the transportation of staff, spot maintenance, track repair and maintenance as well as the installation and maintenance of contact wires. 

The infrastructure manager of the Spanish Railway ADIF (Administrador de Infraestructuras Ferroviarias) has been operating auxiliary vehicles from the DIC series for a long time. Taking advantage of the great flexibility and high quality of the DIC series, ADIF successfully manages the railway infrastructure in several regions with separate budgets and staff.

In OBW or MTW design 

In 2017, the DIC 30 was added to the series. The machine was put on show at iaf in Münster. It is available as an OBW track motor vehicle and as an MTW motor tower car. Both versions are equipped with a spacious crew cabin and a modern control system, contributing to the compliance with EN standards. In standard design, the MTW version of the DIC 30 is equipped with a contact wire holding device, a crane and an elevating platform with folding railings and a range of up to 12 m. The OBW version is equipped with a powerful work crane and a loading platform. In addition, the vehicle can be fitted with a measuring device for contact wire measurements. All key components of the DIC 30, such as wheelsets, brakes, hydraulic and pneumatic components, meet the high quality standards of Plasser & Theurer machines.

TTC catenary installation and renewal train

Recently, Plasser Ibérica supplied two TTC catenary installation and renewal trains to Saudi Arabia. They are used for the construction of the high-speed line between Mecca and Medina. 

The machines in three-part design consist of a VPL self-propelled auxiliary vehicle with a lifting platform, a VTC overhead line installation system, a contact wire holding device and crane for loading cable drums to the VTC, and a DIC 40 as tractive unit. Using this functional and cost-effective system, up to two contact wires and one carrying cable can be installed with final tension in one pass. It is suited for both conventional and high-speed lines and has been approved as a rail vehicle in accordance with EU technical specifications.

Auxiliary vehicle of choice for Metro Madrid

Crucial to the success of the DIC series, it also comprises machines for maintaining light rail systems. As a result, around 50 DIC vehicles have been supplied to metro operators. Metro Madrid operates the largest fleet. In 1997, 2001 and from 2004 to 2014, it acquired DIC machines for diverse applications.