The RWE Power AG is one of the largest producers of energy from coal. At the site near Cologne RWE has an own rail network with more than 200 kilometers of tracks. 23 electric locomotives and more than 250 wagons distribute coal to 4 power plants from 3 large coal mines. 30% of Germany’s electricity comes from RWE Power AG, thereof 40% from coal.
For the transport from the mining area to the power plants, 1 electric locomotive and up to 12 wagons loading a maximum of 2000 tons is used. A train reaches a total length of 200 meters and is runs at a maximum of 50 kilometers per hour.