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Vienna’s City Airport Train – unique in Europe

1 August 2012 | By Elisabeth Landrichter, Managing Director, City Air Terminal Betriebsgesellschaft mbH

The Vienna City Airport Train (CAT) has been operating since 2003 and is Europe’s only air-rail link which offers a ‘City Check-In’ facility. In just 16 minutes, passengers in Vienna can travel on a non-stop service between the city centre and the airport, and vice versa, from early in the…

New U.S. standards create safer trains

1 August 2012 | By

With experience from Voith Turbo, latest specifications help define Crash Energy Management systems for U.S. rail systems. The U.S. rail system has always trailed behind those in the global rail market in utilising the latest technology, but new regulations institut - ing Crash Energy Management (CEM) is accelerating them into…

Building on success: the liberalised and competitive Italian railway market

1 August 2012 | By Vincenzo Soprano, Chief Executive Officer, Trenitalia SpA

The European railway industry has radically changed over recent years following the introduction of high speed networks which have revolutionised society. Italy was the first country in Europe to launch the railway market liberalisation process by opening up to competitors. In just a few years, the economy of the sector…

Italo – now a reality

1 August 2012 | By Giuseppe Sciarrone, Managing Director, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori S.p.A. (NTV)

On 28 April 2012, the first passenger-filled Italo train left Naples station heading to Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan. It was a highly emotional moment for everybody at NTV: the personnel, the partners and, of course, for me. After approximately four years of startup plans, the project finally became a…

A new type of railway mono-block sleeper

1 August 2012 | By Marco Guerrieri, Faculty of Engineering, University of Perugia

A railway sleeper is the structural element which transversally connects the two rails by means of fastening components, thus ensuring its gauge. Its additional function is to firmly secure the track to the ballast and to distribute the loads transferred from railway carriages to the ballast. One of the most…

Bogies / Wheelsets supplement 2012

30 July 2012 | By

In this supplement: Testing the bogie (Igor Alonso-Portillo, Director for Strategy and Business Development, CETEST); A status report on FLEXX Speed bogies for ZEFIRO 380 trains (Heiko Mannsbarth, Head of Product Management of the Business Unit Bogies and Steffen Vogt, Team Leader of the Vehicle Dynamics Department, Bombardier Transportation GmbH)...

Level Crossing Safety supplement 2012

30 July 2012 | By

In this supplement: Infrabel progressively increases safety at level crossings (Ann Billiau, Director-General, Rail Access, Infrabel); Portugal raises the tempo of level crossing safety initiatives (Paulo Soares de Melo, Director of Level Crossings, REFER); Level crossing misuse - not a traditional policing solution (Miles Flood, Chief Superintendent Territorial Policing, British…

150 years of Finnish railways – still a vital part of the transport system

8 June 2012 | By Merja Kyllönen, Minister of Transport, Finland

2012 marks a special occasion in Finnish railway history: our railways celebrate their 150th anniversary. Scheduled train services began on 17 March 1862 between Helsinki and Hämeenlinna, and ever since then, rail transport has had a huge influence on the development of our society and landscape. Over the years, a…

High Speed Rail supplement 2012

8 June 2012 | By

In this High Speed Rail supplement: Russia’s future high-speed plans (Vladimir Yakunin, President, Russian Railways); Fast forwarding to a high-speed future (Alistair Gordon, CEO, Keolis UK); Show Preview: UIC HIGHSPEED 2012...

Norwegian railways enter a year of intensive planning

8 June 2012 | By Elisabeth Enger, Director General, Jernbaneverket

Since the beginning of 2012, three important reports on Norwegian railways have been issued in quick succession. First was the major high-speed study, followed by Jernbaneverket’s concept study for expansion of the InterCity network in eastern Norway. Subsequently, the central government agencies for sea, air, road and rail transport tabled…

The railway accident investigation process in Norway

8 June 2012 | By Kurt A. Olsen, Director, Head of Rail Department, Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN)

The Accident Investigation Board Norway (AIBN) is a Norwegian Government agency under the Ministry of Transport and Communications, responsible for investigating accidents and incidents in the transport sector. The history of the Board dates back to 1989. Earlier ad hoc investigation commissions only investigated fatal aviation accidents. At that time…

Opening up construction of Denmark’s first high-speed railway to competition

8 June 2012 | By Jan Schneider-Tilli, Project Director, Copenhagen-Ringsted railway, Banedanmark

The new Copenhagen-Ringsted railway is the largest civil engineering project in Denmark for well over 100 years. Not since the Vestvolden fortifications around Copenhagen were built between 1882 and 1892 as part of the city’s defences has Denmark been the setting for such an extensive building project: a new 60km…

The railway market in Latvia continues to grow

8 June 2012 | By Uģis Magonis, President, Latvian Railways

Latvian Railways (LDz) has been a leading Baltic freight transport company for the last few years. Considering the increase in Latvian Railways’ main freight groups – coal and oil products – and to keep up with growing demand, Latvian Railways is now seeking opportunities to develop infrastructure in the fastest…

Keen to develop services to drive growth

8 June 2012 | By Damian Grabowski, Board Member & Commercial Director, Arriva Polska and President of the Management Board, Arriva RP

Arriva was the first, and remains, the only private rail company operating in the Polish market. Supported by over 150 employees, the company delivers 2.5 million train kilometres annually, serving over 100 stations and handling over two million passengers in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie and Pomorskie voivodeships. Arriva RP is committed to…

Interview Spotlight: Gerd Aurich

8 June 2012 | By

What products/solutions can Voith Turbo Scharfenberg offer the European railway marketplace? Based on standardised modular components, Voith Turbo Scharfenberg has made its mark as a system provider of energy absorbing components for trains. Our product range covers automatic and semi-permanent couplers, impact protection modules and crash buffers, up to complete…