MFS is a German abbreviation for "Materialförder- und Siloeinheit", in English ~ "mineral conveyor and storage unit".
MFS waggons are used for transport of material, especially rubble, on rails. Often they are used to connect a building side and a material storage location. Here are pictures of the MFS-40 and MFS-100 type waggons of
eurailpool manufactured by Plasser & Theurer.
Left waggon: a MFS-100 with 4 axes *Right waggon: a MFS-40 with three axes
A MFS-100 waggon has four axes on each end to hold its huge weight of 60 tons + 84 tons ruble.
The type shield of a MFS-100.
The engine and the compressor of a MFS-100.
A full view of the MFS-100 diesel engine and the hydraulic components.
From begin to end: A machine waggon, a MFS-40 with its arm unloading old rubble, two MFS-40 and two MFS-100.
A MFS-100 viewed from back side.
The backs of a MFS-40 and a MFS-100 waggon compared. Note they are full compatible although they look different.
From begin to end: A DB 100, a DB 212 locomotive. Then two MFS-100, three MFS-40 and one transport waggon for machines.
A full MFS-40 set consisting of three MFS40 and three waggons.
A waggon type MFS40 from front. Capacity for rubble is ~40 tons.
Three MFS-40 connected in a row.
Front view of the connection between two MFS-40.
Because of its huge weight of 38 tons basis and 40 tons of rubble a MFS needs 3 axes on each side, so totally 6.
The beginning of a MFS-40 row.
The hydraulic compressor of a MFS-40. All components (conveyor belt, the moveable arm at its front) are driven by hydraulic. Note that the MFS-40 can't move on their own.
The clutch of a MFS-40. It's standard european system.
Six MFS-40 are pulled by a DB 210 and a DB 100 shunter locomotive.
This german text on the arm of a MFS-40 tells not to move on the machine while the 15kV wire is on power.
The left waggon moves its load via the belt to the next one.
This is the main component of a MFS-40: It's container. It can hold up to 40 tons rubble. Directly under the rubble is a conveyor belt for transport.
The type shield of a MFS-40. It was built in 1992 by "Deutsche Plasser Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH".
The rubble is being moved from one waggon to the next (all are connected in a line) via a conveyor belt.
A operator in orange dress controls how many rubble is unloaded.
The movable arm of a MFS-40 unloads rubble. The excavator then dispenses it on the ground.
The control-panel of a MFS-40.
The rubble is moved from the last MFS-40 to the first one, where it is dropped to ground.