Designs for specific uses

Years of experience in LRV development and manufacture have given HeiterBlick extensive know-how for dealing with engineering challenges. We are thus ideally placed to build self-propelled special-purpose vehicles such as platelayer's wagons.

These customized designs manufactured in Leipzig feature different gauge sizes, motor outputs and speeds for the intended use. Electric traction or advanced hydrostatic drive units are optional. The color scheme and look of the vehicles can of course be adapted to customer requirements. Special customized designs can also be produced as part of small-scale or one-off projects.

CFW 350 JRE jib carrier

A made-to-measure jib carrier

The powerful CFW 350 JRE was developed for the East Japan Railway Company entirely to customer specifications as part of a package which included railway cranes. The multi-functional jib carrier tows railway cranes required for track-laying to where they are needed. This saves transit time and protects the crane's systems. While in transit the vehicles also carry the counterweight of the crane, thus reducing axle loads.

As a special feature, there is communication between the crane and jib carrier in transit, allowing the vehicle to be driven from both the cabin of the crane and the jib carrier. The operator can view the status of the other unit from an easily readable display. Since the driver’s cab of the jib carrier should always lead in the direction of travel, a special engineering solution has been found in which the traveling gear and superstructure are connected to a bogie so that the complete superstructure and cabin can rotate through 180°. This makes expensive, time-consuming shunting a thing of the past.

The interior of the driver’s cab is spacious and can be used as an off-duty room by the operating personnel.

The gauge is 1,067 mm (other gauges are possible), and the 12 metre long vehicle reaches a maximum speed of 50 km/h with a motor output of 350 kw. The colour scheme and design features of the custom-made vehicle were chosen by the East Japan Railway Company.


  • upper structure can be fully rotated through 180 degrees
  • perfectly coordinated communications concept
  • design and colour scheme chosen by the customer
  • speed of 50 km/h
  • output 350 kw
  • gauge 1,067 mm