Product Overview Locomotive Driver Toilets
With an increasing insight into the ecological processes of the world, a growing environmental awareness is developing that is aimed at a preventive risk management. Therefore our first locomotive lavatory is really a "small sensation". The reason: a small sewage treatment tank in the form of the Microphor® Sanitary System (www.microphor.com) is integrated in the cabin. This system is well proven for over four decades in railroad applications worldwide. It works on a natural biological basis. The microbiological assistants are present in human waste (Escherichia coli) and therefore no additives are required for the system to function.
This toilet system is used in freight train locomotives in Australia that were constructed by Siemens. As these huge locos are up to three days on route for the transport of 2.5 km long coal trains, this toilet by its simple and robust biological sanitary technology is the ideal solution. Moreover, the train drivers refrain from an extra stop at the railroad depot to empty the septic tanks because the Microphor® System treats all effluents, and merely CO2 and water emerge.
We have developed a second toilet for freight train locomotives together with and for the Siemens AG as well. From the sanitary-technical side, this is a freshwater system. This toilet module has to function properly even under completely varying climate conditions with extremely low temperatures down to – 40 °C in Lithuania and Russia. A lightweight and compact coach-WC-cabin has been transformed into a freight train toilet. Until the start of production of the WC module, the railroad specific requirements and customer preferences needed to be itemized and turned into technical solutions. Freight trains that are several days on route become independent of the sanitary facilities in repair depots and stations by the use of locomotive driver toilets. The development of the locomotive WC complies with the technology requested by the railroad operators during the last few years in order to advance security, hygiene and the comfort of the train drivers.