NiKrasa is a straightforward device comprising two parts - a terminal platform with drivable ramp, and a transport platform with two u-shaped rigid slings with DIN lifting eyes on either side for the piggyback attachment of the crane or reach stacker.
The transport platforms travel underneath the non-cranable trailer on the wagon. At the receiving railhead, the lifting equipment lifts the transport platform - with the trailer itself not being touched - and places the load neatly into the cut-outs in the terminal platform. The transport platforms fit flush with the terminal platform floor.
The terminal platform ramp is then accessed by a terminal tractor, the semi-trailer is hitched to the fifth wheel and simply driven off. To dispatch a trailer, the procedure is simply reversed. The terminal platform always stays in the terminal and can be easily moved around by the reach stacker/crane via its own lifting eyes for the piggyback attachment.
The transport platforms match with standard pocket wagons, twins and T3000 cars. They do not add significantly to the deadload of the trains, while their frame construction means that the profile of the trailer is not increased.
More than 85% of semi-trailers in Europe are non-cranable. Significantly this includes practically all refrigerated trailers, so NiKrasa provides TX Logistik with an opportunity to move typically higher value perishable cargoes coming out of Scandinavia.
The development work has been supported by the Austrian federal Ministry of Transport and the Bavarian Ministry of Economics.