At H. Kemper GmbH & Co. KG, with its company headquarters in Nortrup, preparations for the arrival of the Transrapid are almost completed. In mid-September, the maglev train looks set to take a last ride - a 'piggyback' on a heavy loader from the test track in Emsland in the direction of Artland.
Until its removal, the train remains in Lathen on the grounds of the experimental facility on Hermann-Kemper-Straße, named after the inventor of magnetic levitation technology.
A transport company is set to transport the train, which has been slimmed down to 120 tons and lies over 75 metres in length, overnight to the sausage and meat product manufacturers. The three sections of the Transrapid will be successively hoisted by a crane and mounted onto the newly built setting on the company premises. The setting has been cast from a total of 205 cubic metres of concrete and contains 17.5 tons of steel for reinforcement. The concrete mass is currently hardened to ensure it can carry the load of the standing train, and the planned concept for its use can be implemented. In the future, part of the train will be integrated into the sausage manufacturers' new factory sales outlet concept.
In the process, part of the train will protrude into the yet-to-be-built building and become part of a permanent exhibition. The longest section of the train is to serve the company as a conference centre. Managing director, Dr Wolfgang Kühnl, is optimistic that the overall concept will be finished by the third quarter of the coming year, just in time for the company's 130th anniversary.