Passenger cars: meeting growing comfort requirements.

Every day, passenger cars convey vast numbers of rail passengers to their destinations at home and abroad. Anyone who has spent a day – or night – on a train will appreciate the importance of a comfortable car. Knorr-Bremse plays a significant part in delivering that comfort.

With quiet cars, child zones and of course Wi-Fi, the passenger car business has seen no shortage of changes over the past few years. The transformation from merely a way of getting people from A to B into a comfortable means of travel cannot happen overnight. There are thousands of passenger cars in service in Europe alone and it is not unusual for them to remain in use for several decades. This means that operators must plan well ahead, while always keeping a watchful eye on the cost-effectiveness of their vehicles.


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Take a look at our product portfolio!

Bogie Equipment

Bogie Equipment

The bogie equipment is the part of the braking system that generates the braking force on the passenger car. The portfolio for passenger cars includes wheel-mounted and axle-mounted brake discs, compact brake calipers 'AxleAct' and electromagnetic track brakes 'MagnetAct Flex'.

Friction Technologies

Friction Technology

With its extensive friction portfolio, Knorr-Bremse can supply brake pads that have been specially developed for passenger car applications. The portfolio includes our Ultrapad sintered brake pads, including the Flexpad, and our Propad organic brake pads. Our Ultrablock organic brake blocks are available for both the UIC and AAR markets.

Brake Control

Track Brake Control
Magnetic Track Brake
Brake Panel
Brake Control & Wheel Slide Protection

To achieve optimum braking, the optimal braking force must be applied to each axle and bogie. The brake control portfolio for passenger cars includes brake panels and the Modular Magnetic Track Brake Control 'MagnetControl'.

Sanding Systems

Sanding systems 'SandGrip Pneumatic' and 'SandGrip Mechanic'can make a significant contribution to reducing braking distances. Systems for passenger cars comprise air supply systems, sand dosing systems, sand pipe heaters, sand level monitors, sand boxes, sand box covers and sand flow sensors. (available in the control car)

Wiper Systems / Wash Systems

Windscreen wiper and wash systems reliably ensure a clear view. The systems are used in the control car of classic passenger cars. (available in the control car)

Entrance Systems

Entrance System
Entrance System

Different entrance system configurations are available for passenger cars, depending on the application scenario and the operator’s requirements. The options include aluminum, full glass and stainless steel “sandwich” door leaves with obstacle detection. The systems also comprise door control units and door drives, ramps, gap bridges and sliding steps.

Control Systems / TCMS

Router, Vehicle Control Unit, Threat Detection Solution

Train Control and Management Systems (TCMS) are a passenger train’s technological nerve center, connecting its subsystems to each other and to the central vehicle control system. The systems are tailored to a wide range of specific customer requirements. The WSP3 expansion module seamlessly integrates the wheel slide protection system with the passenger train’s TCMS. The TDS Defense in Depth Threat Detection Solution detects cyberthreats in their early stages.

Climate Systems

HVAC System

Whatever the weather outside the car, passengers expect a comfortable on-board environment. The systems can be mounted on the roof, under the floor or vertically, while low-profile roof-mounted systems are even available for double-deck applications.

Electrical Systems

Auxiliary Power Supply

Our power supply systems provide an efficient and reliable power supply for the electrical equipment in passenger cars. Auxiliary power converters and battery chargers meet all the power supply requirements of facilities such as customer power points, digital infotainment systems, on-board restaurant equipment and HVAC systems.

Power Electrics

Passenger cars also rely on electronic components such as contactors, disconnectors and resistors, which are always designed to meet the individual requirements of each car.

Sanitary Systems

Sanitary Systems

From fully integrated multipurpose cubicles to compact WC modules, Knorr-Bremse supplies sanitary systems for passenger cars in a wide range of configurations – many of them including condition-based maintenance (CBM) options. Fast, efficient maintenance and repairs are provided by the Group’s global service network.

Digital Solutions


Against the backdrop of globalization and urbanization, and with a view to greater energy efficiency and safety, digitalization is adding new functionalities that underpin the pre-eminent role of rail transportation. And Knorr-Bremse’s digital solutions are paving the way.


Every passenger car has its own unique profile, and their operators have equally individual service requirements for the maintenance, overhaul and repair of the vehicle subsystems. A service package tailored to the customer’s specific requirements is thus nothing short of essential.