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Platform of success: Bombardier exhibits new trains

27 September 2008 | By Bombardier

Bombardier, the global leader in rail transportation, never fails to create an impact with its biannual display of products at InnoTrans. This year is no exception, with Bombardier exhibiting no less than four new trains, as well as its latest developments in energy-saving technologies. Much excitement has surrounded the unveiling…

Tilting trains – another idea for speed

27 September 2008 | By Roberto Rinaldi, Technical Director of the High Speed Group, ALSTOM

Between 2003 and 2005, the world high and very-high-speed market represented an average of €2.4 billion1, just over half of which was accounted for by high-speed...

Weld registration and acceptance

27 September 2008 | By Coenraad Esveld, Director of Esveld Consulting Services (ECS), Professor of Railway Engineering, TU Delft and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member

For a long time now, poor weld geometry has been a major problem for railway infrastructure. Due to geometrical imperfections, high dynamic loads could be generated during wheel passage. The only way to control the geometrical quality in an effective way, is by measuring and documenting every weld with an…

GSM-R in 2008 – continuing the success story

27 September 2008 | By Dan Mandoc, Charge de Mission GSM-R Infrastructure Department & Klaus Konrad, Project Manager, ERTMS/GSM-R, UIC

Over the last few years, we have tried to give you an update about the GSM-R situation in and outside of Europe. In 2007, the implementations of GSM-R have already shown that GSM-R has become a success story, even if it could have been developed faster.

Social responsibility of the investor

27 September 2008 | By Krzysztof Celinski, President of the Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA

For over half a century, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) has been an element of strategy of each business entity who wishes to be perceived as a reliable and stable element of economy and society. PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe SA, the administrator of the railway infrastructure in Poland, observes the CSR…

Green wheels will make the difference

27 September 2008 | By Bas Bollinger, Business Development Director Rail, ARCADIS

Bas Bollinger is Business Development Director Rail, leading the development of international rail business for the ARCADIS group. He has worked with the company for over 15 years in various positions. After being Project Manager for the Betuweroute and Director of the Infrastructure Civil Engineering department in the Netherlands, he…

The clue to an ETCS-only access

1 August 2008 | By Jan Richard, Business Unit ‘Train Control Systems’, SBB

Today, railway networks and their infrastructure managers, as well as the railway undertakings, are facing the crucial challenge of migrating their signalling and train control systems towards the common European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), while perhaps also maintaining conventional and mixed traffic operations. The basic concept of ERTMS, namely…

High levels of mechanisation in Swiss track maintenance

1 August 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

SBB is minimising the amount of time track is tied up with maintenance, by automating inspection systems and adopting standard components that can be installed rapidly. Global Railway Review’s Technical Editor, James Abbott, talks to Daniel Wyder, SBB’s Head of Asset Management for Track.

Positive prospects for BLS Cargo in 2008 and beyond

1 August 2008 | By Dr. Dirk Stahl, CEO, BLS Cargo AS

With the new Lötschberg Base Tunnel as an established business model and an investment in 10 new multi-system locomotives, BLS Cargo is preparing for future growth. Dr. Dirk Stahl, CEO, looks at the prospects for the company in 2008 and beyond.

The focus is on overcoming barriers and linking Europe

1 August 2008 | By Dr. Georg-Michael Vavrovsky, Member of the Board of Management, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG

With an average yearly investment volume of approximately €1.2 billion in new projects and the development of existing projects, plus approximately €500 million in the existing network, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG is the force behind track developments in Austria.

railjet – redefining European rail travel standards

1 August 2008 | By Gabriele Lutter, Member of the Board of Management, ÖBB-Personenverkehr AG

Austrian Federal Railways are preparing to take delivery of the first of 67 railjet train sets – which will prove to be faster, more modern and more comfortable than any other train service currently operating on the Austrian rail network. They will be able to operate at 230km/h, meaning that…

Under Sleeper Pads: improving track quality while reducing operational costs

1 August 2008 | By Harald Loy, System Engineer, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH

More traffic, increasing axle loads and higher speeds are just some of the ongoing technical and economic challenges railway operators and track managers around the world are faced with today. Under Sleeper Pads (USP) have been proven to extend the service life of the track superstructure and help to reduce…

Productively taking giant steps forward

1 August 2008 | By Michele Mario Elia, Chief Executive Officer, RFI

Michele Mario Elia, Chief Executive Officer of RFI – the Italian Railway Network company, and wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato SpA since September 2006, is a railway veteran who knows how to combine hard work with good humour. In an interview for Global Railway Review, Mr. Elia discusses…

Successfully overcoming organisational and operational challenges

1 August 2008 | By Vincenzo Soprano, Chief Executive Officer, Trenitalia

Vincenzo Soprano is Chief Executive Officer of Trenitalia – the Italian Railway Transport company, and wholly owned subsidiary of Ferrovie dello Stato SpA since September 2006. Speaking for Global Railway Review, Mr. Soprano describes the situation of Trenitalia and general railway transport in Italy.

Design & supervision – important elements of railway investments

1 August 2008 | By Jakub Wójcicki, Director of Supervisions Department for Roads & Rails, ARCADIS Profil

The rapid development of road and railway transport is a regular subject of public debate in Poland, in particular in the view of the EURO 2012 organisation. It is worth noticing that from 2007 to 2013, the Polish Railway Authority, PKP PLK, plans to carry out a number of major…