The use of conveyor trains as external transport for enrichment enterprises

Over the past few decades, the energy consumption of modern conveyor belts has decreased significantly. Although extensive research has been conducted into the production of energy-efficient belt conveyors, there remains significant scope for further reduction of energy consumption, especially when considering heavily loaded or long ground belt conveyors. There is a technology that combines the advantages of both belt conveyors and rail transport, creating a highly efficient and economical system for transporting bulk materials, known as a conveyor train. This article presents the world experience of operating various types of transport, especially conveyor trains and conveyor belts. A conveyor train is a system of continuous transportation of bulk materials, which, thanks to iron wheels moving on steel rails, has rolling resistance similar in magnitude to railway systems. The new development provides an innovative departure from traditional bulk materials transportation systems with significant energy and economic benefits. The results show that conveyor trains have a number of unsolved problems in the areas of economy, energy efficiency, routing and optimal design, however, this type of transport has more advantages compared to locomotive rolling due to the lowest energy consumption and reduced staff.

Keywords: conveyor train, efficiency, locomotive haulage, external transport, automation, intermediate drive, friction drive, railveyor.
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Trufanova I. S., Nevzorov D. N. The use of conveyor trains as external transport for enrichment enterprises. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2023;(9-1):64-78. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2023_91_0_64.

Issue number: 9
Year: 2023
Page number: 64-78
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.62
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2023_91_0_64
Article receipt date: 02.05.2023
Date of review receipt: 03.07.2023
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.08.2023
About authors:

I.S. Trufanova1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), Assistant Professor, e-mail:, ORCID ID: 0000-0003-3182-9746,
D.N. Nevzorov1, Graduate Student, e-mail:,
1 Saint-Petersburg Mining University, 199106, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.


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