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DB Cargo freight cars equipped with V brake shoes
New freight cars
Freight cars refitted with whisper brakes
Quiet freight cars
Since the end of 2020, DB Cargo’s entire active freight car fleet in Germany has been running with quiet brake shoes. New freight cars with quiet composite break shoes will continue to be procured exclusively in future.
In 2017, German legislators passed a law banning the operation of loud freight cars (Rail Noise Protection Act), which has prohibited the operation of noisy freight cars in Germany since the timetable change in December 2020. It also requires all other operators – in addition to DB Cargo – to use quiet freight cars.