INTRO: Organised in conjunction with UITP’s Stuttgart congress, the City Transport ’97 exhibition takes place on June 2-5

A wide range of products and services for urban and regional operators will be on display at City Transport ’97 in Stuttgart’s Messegelände exhibition and congress centre. The Transfloor range from Altro Floors has been developed specifically for the transport industry and features a high degree of wear, slip and impact resistance. Rolling stock for Pågatågen services in Sweden has recently been fitted with Transfloor.

The Automatic Systems stand will present a new range of AFC gates equipped with contactless smart card readers for a throughput in excess of 60 passengers per min, alongside a turnstile with additional full-height anti-fraud door for SNCF and a gate with disabled access for the Stockholm metro. Exhibits from Dassault AT will include the TVM 200 ticket vending machine for RATP (below), desktop and self-standing versions of the ATB2 ticket printer, and the AGX 300 contactless turnstile with anti-fraud barrier. Deuta Werke will display its latest developments for rail vehicles, including microwave doppler speed sensors, modular event recorders with flash PC-card memory and multifunctional speed displays (top).

The LVT/S diesel railcar for regional services will be presented by DWA at City Transport. This 21 tonne twin-axle air-conditioned design with a low-floor section 627mm above the rail seats 64 passengers, and is powered by a 265 kW engine for a maximum speed of 100 km/h. Erlau will be exhibiting its vehicle luggage rack systems, and for stations the Allegro range of seating and the Pedalo bicycle stand (right). Recent developments from Faiveley on show at City Transport include an electric sliding plug door system with telescopic support for LRVs, a compact roof-mounted cab air-conditioning unit and the Visio-PACS passenger-counting system. Sliding plug doors and electric door actuators will be amongst the IFE products on display, in addition to fire-resistant doors for metro cars, wheelchair ramps and windows.

Kraiburg will show the PedeSTRAIL system of semi-elastic rubber panels for pedestrian level crossings in stations, depots and workshops. Manufactured from recycled rubber with a skid-resistant surface, the panels feature a narrow flange groove for greater wheelchair and buggy safety. To train personnel on DT8 LRVs, Krauss-Maffei Wehrtechnik has developed a dynamic driving simulator for UITP Congress host Stuttgarter Straßenbahn (left). As well as a full-scale cab with simulated noise and computer-generated projection of Line U1 in various light and weather conditions, the system includes a section of passenger compartment with doors for practising procedures at stops.

The OK-DOT destination display from Meister is a lightweight design whose neon tubes can be changed without dismantling the display unit. Good contrast makes for improved legibility in all light conditions. Nya Perspektiv Design provides design services for the public transport sector, backed by international experience of the automotive industry. Plasser & Theurer will present its ZW range of self-loading tampers and ballast profilers, developed for use on urban and regional systems.

The Sütrak range of products includes dot-matrix destination displays and air-conditioning units, which have been supplied for DWA double-deck railbuses and Bombardier Eurorail’s Talent railcar. Inverter specialist Transtechnik will be displaying a 77 kVA unit fitted in metro cars for Guangzhou, and a lightweight design for LRVs ordered by Üstra of Hannover.

Exhibitors on the BEAMA stand include A K Fans, AB Connectors and BR Business Systems, presenting its vehicle tracking and asset management systems outside Great Britain for the first time. In addition to visual display equipment from Ferrograph, passenger information and vehicle location systems from Hanover Displays will be on show. Seating fabrics by John Holdsworth & Co, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, rubber-metal bonded suspension and anti-vibration components from Metalastik and Parker Hannifin pneumatic automation products will also feature.

Powernetics will display its range of power systems, including uninterruptible power supplies, DC-DC converters, battery chargers, static inverters and frequency changers. Seating by Rescroft will also feature. Silentbloc rubber and rubber-to-metal bonded products on show will include primary and auxiliary suspension mountings, radius control link assemblies and anti-roll bar systems. Vehicle engineering consultancy The Engineering Link and Westinghouse Brakes will also be present. o