Positions on Transport, Technology, Innovation
Change of year, change of generations
A turbulent year is drawing to a close. Time to pause, take a look back and dare to look forward.
For this issue, as always, I hope you enjoy reading it, wish you a reflective Advent season, happy holidays with your loved ones and a good start into a successful year 2023.
Geschäftsführer Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Laurenz Trunner, MBA
und das Team der EBE Solutions
EBE Solutions takes over representation of STRAIL in Austria
As of 1 January 2023, EBE Solutions will become the new, exclusive sales partner of KRAIBURG STRAIL GmbH & Co. KG for Austria and thus expands the portfolio in the field of railway crossings.
The future sales and contact person at EBE Solutions will be Wolfgang Gutmann, himself a proven industry expert with many years of experience in the railway industry. In order to ensure an optimal transition for all STRAIL customers, Gutmann has been in intensive contact with the previous contact person, Alfred Wilhelm, who will retire at the end of the year. Incidentally, this is already the second time that Wilhelm has done so, as he already retired from ÖBB 11 years ago and subsequently devoted himself to setting up his engineering office. With the takeover of the STRAIL agendas, EBE Solutions now combines its many years of experience on the Austrian market with the innovative products of STRAIL.
Your contact person: Wolfgang Gutmann
Tel: + 43 1 865 76 00
Mobile: +43 664 857 25 38
On the occasion of his farewell to the industry, we asked Alfred Wilhelm for a short review:
Alfred Wilhelm: A special project was, for example, the installation of the railway crossing in Vienna Brigittenau / EK km 0.505: 3 tracks, switch, arch, rapid transit, protection of the rails against rusting...
What is so special about Strail?
Alfred Wilhelm: What is special about Strail is the open and honest communication between the different management levels with the will to improve products, to promote new developments and to fulfil customer wishes 100 %. The social interaction within the company is also special. The managing director sits at the table with the workers at lunch. A special feature of their products is the environmentally friendly use of waste (old car tyres) which are used for the production of the Strail panels. For traffic participants, the product gives back a pleasant and safe passability. The Velo Strail system offers a unique solution for people in wheelchairs.
Alfred Wilhelm: The cooperation with EBE Solutions began as early as 2003 in the context of research projects with ÖBB and has developed into a close cooperation since 2011 with the founding of Ingenieurbüro Wilhelm GmbH. This now ends with the handover and integration of the Strail product catalogue.
You are now retiring for the second time: Is that really it?
Alfred Wilhelm: The topic of railway crossings has accompanied me since I joined ÖBB in 1975. Since 1988, it has been my life as head of a group at ÖBB. Railway crossings moved into my professional focus and became a vocation that will probably accompany me for the rest of my life. Especially the development in the digital age is becoming more and more rapid and offers possibilities that were previously unthinkable. That’s it for me professionally, but of course I will continue to observe the development and gladly pass on my experiences.
Where (not only) children’s eyes light up
Small worlds–great amazement
They show the miniature world of railways and have been a marvel for generations: model railway displays have lost none of their appeal even in modern times.
An astonishing number of them can be found in the DACH region (list available online). We present four with an Austrian connection that are open at Christmas time. Maybe an idea for a trip during the Xmas holidays?
Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg
It is considered the world’s largest model railway: the Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg is a superlative attraction with a model area of 1,545 m² and has been voted Germany’s most popular attraction three times in a row. The Austrian themed world on 60 m² has been part of the attraction from the very beginning.
daily (365 days): 09:00 – 19:30
Info: miniatur-wunderland.de, reservations recommended!
Modellbahnwelt Schiltern, NÖ
At Model railway world Schiltern, an impressive selection of sights on a scale of 1:87 inspires not only model railway enthusiasts. With hundreds of trains, wagons and thousands of figures, Austrian landscapes are depicted true to life.
Wed – Sun: 10:00 – 18:00, 24.12. 10:00 – 15:00,
25.12. closed, Info: modellbahnwelt-schiltern.at
Kingdom of Railways, Vienna
The Kingdom of Railways in Vienna’s Prater has big plans: With a target area of 1000 m², one of the largest model railway layouts in the world is to be built. At present, the first stage of expansion with a focus on Vienna can be marvelled at on 270 m².
Mon – Sun (includig holiday): 10:00 – 19:00
Modellbahnmuseum Mariazellerbahn, Kirchberg
The „Bahn im Bahnhof“ Kirchberg shows the section of the Mariazellerbahn from Laubenbachmühle to Erlaufklause with all stations, bridges and tunnels. Tip: getting there with the Mariazell Railway is an experience!
Satursay, 24 December: 10:00 – 15:00
25, 31 December und 1 January: 13.00 bis 17.00