In the rail industry, lubricants play a major role in ensuring reliable operation of vehicles and infrastructure. We develop high-performance lubricants from the basis of our long-standing cooperation with manufacturers and operators contributing to the smooth functioning of your components.

Lubricants in the rail industry

  • Special lubricants for trains show that seemingly small details can have sizeable effects - on reliability, on maintenance costs and hence also on cost efficiency over the whole life cycle. What matters in this context and how you can win the race for cost efficiency becomes evident in our checklist: Lower maintenance costs combined with higher train availability!

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Lower life-cycle costs, less downtime

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With the requirement for zero-downtime operation under extremely severe environmental conditions, the railway industry places stringent demands on rail vehicles and infrastructure. With good reason: unscheduled maintenance and damage incur high costs and often have a long-term impact on punctuality. Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication are developed specifically to meet these high demands. Leading manufacturers in the railway industry rely on our lubricants for railway applications. These lubricants have a proven track record under harsh conditions, are economical in use, and are easy to procure thanks to worldwide availability. In short, they offer everything you need to attain your foremost goal: more cost efficiency!

Our specialty: reduce maintenance costs

Klüber Lubrication offers an extensive range of specialty lubricants for the railway industry, developed with an eye to high reliability and long component lifetime. By extending relubrication intervals, our lubricants help to reduce maintenance costs and boost train availability.

Viewed over the total life cycle of a train, maintenance costs are higher than acquisition costs, so reducing maintenance costs also reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO). Lubricants are therefore much more than just an operating resource – they are an important design component.

Getting there faster together

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What is needed to render top performance spot-on? Ample experience, optimal development conditions and true team spirit. Many of our high performance lubricants are the result of many years of cooperation with companies in the railway industry. They are developed with knowledge of the specific requirements and thoroughly tested on our internal test benches, before they are made available to customers for practical tests.

Specialty lubricants from Klüber Lubrication for train maintenance and infrastructure prove their worth worldwide every day. They include solutions for many lubrication points in railway engineering, from lubrication of traction systems and doors to axle gears and wheel flanges, bogies, brakes, and many other components.

As a partner to the industry, we work in close cooperation with manufacturers, maintenance specialists and operators to constantly develop new, optimised lubricants for the rail industry that meet special requirements. Top-notch performance can only be attained by pulling together.

Distinctly longer oil change intervals with high performance gear oils

Gear oil

Also in gearboxes, lubricant must render maximum performance for rail operators to attain their objectives: high train availability and minimum downtime due to maintenance and repair. Klüber Lubrication has therefore developed gear oils tailored to the railway industry that enable distinctly longer oil change intervals. Our gear oils have the potential to double oil change intervals, significantly reducing maintenance effort and operating costs. The resulting higher train availability can help to reduce delays and thus increase customer satisfaction. Gear oils from Klüber Lubrication are approved by worldwide leading gear unit manufacturers in the railway industry and have a proven track record in harsh everyday operation.

Why every second counts at each and every stop: Our lubricants for train doors

Reliable operation of train doors with BARRIERTA L 25 DL DISPERS

If a door gets stuck, the train stands still. Door seals on platforms and trains are highly stressed by repeated opening and closing cycles, extreme temperatures and UV radiation. The resulting frequent failures and unscheduled shop visits often cost operators a lot of money, not to mention annoyance and loss of reputation due to delays.

Klüber Lubrication offers a portfolio of lubricants specifically for doors, which ensure both long relubrication intervals and high reserve capacity. All leading door manufacturers have approved lubricants from Klüber Lubrication and use them in their series production.

Our lubricants for door seals and spindle drives enable easy and reliable opening and closing, even with varying temperatures. They provide a high degree of protection against wear, as well as optimal ageing resistance  – true top-performers in the race against downtime.

Take the lead – with quality and sustainability

Trains are sold and deployed worldwide. Our specialty lubricants are therefore available worldwide under the same names and with consistently high quality. Our tribology experts are personally available for direct local advice everywhere in the world – a matter of course for Klüber customer service.

Sustainability and environmental protection are close to our heart. Long relubrication intervals lead to reduced lubrication amounts and less used lubricants to be disposed of. Furthermore, many of our lubricants are rapidly biodegradable, making them especially friendly to the environment.

You want to win the race for more cost efficiency? You can count on our support.

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Klüber Lubrication stands for extremely high quality, reliability and innovation. We are your competent development partner for all aspects of specialty lubricants for the railway industry, with numerous approvals from leading manufacturers and suppliers.

Are you looking for exactly the right lubricant for rail vehicles and railway infrastructure? Do you have questions, or do you need advice on a special solution? We are here to help you – talk with our experts about your project! After all, our motto is: Moving ahead together!

At a glance: specialty lubricants for the railway industry

  • Developed for harsh environmental conditions: Lubricants from Klüber Lubrication are specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of the railway industry: shocks and vibrations, large temperature differences, and long relubrication intervals.
  • Reliable operation and high availability: Our specialty lubricants increase the lifetime of your vehicles and components. They enable long maintenance intervals and minimise downtime in railway operations.
  • Cost optimised: Low consumption and extended relubrication intervals reduce operating and life cycle costs while increasing reliability.
  • Proven in tests and in practice: Our specialty lubricants are developed in close cooperation with the railway industry and extensively tested. Numerous leading manufacturers have issued corresponding approvals and rely on our lubricants.

  • More sustainability and environmental protection: Longer relubrication and oil change intervals reduce the required lubrication amounts. Using rapidly biodegradable lubricants reduces the environmental burden of railway operations.

  • At your side – worldwide: We offer you the same products and the same outstanding quality everywhere in the world, along with reliable personal support for your questions about tribology.

Here you find a product selection of all sub segments for the rail industry

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