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The PKP family is working in harmony

28 May 2008 | By Mr. Robert Kuczynski, Head of Social Communication and Marketing Department, PKP Group

The PKP Group was established in 2001, as a result of a restructuring programme of the State-Owned Enterprise, Polish State Railways. The reform was aimed at the separation of railway operating activity and the management of railway lines as well as to set up independent commercial entries. The PKP Group…

Essential steps of CD Cargo for improved performance

28 May 2008 | By Josef Bazala, CEO, CD Cargo

The newly-founded, independent organisation, CD Cargo, intends to concentrate on renewing its rolling-stock, supporting the construction of logistics centres and improving the quality of the services it provides to its customers. In an interview for Global Railway Review, Josef Bazala, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of…

Keeping up-to-date with ETCS implementation plans in Spain

28 May 2008 | By Antonio Domínguez Chala, Network Planning and Development Director, ADIF

This article presents the main aspects concerning the experience that the development of the ERTMS system in Spain has produced, and the established criteria for the migration to this new system.

Fuelling the debate on diesel engine emissions

28 May 2008 | By Hans Paukert, Senior Advisor of Braking Systems & Diesel Emissions, UIC

The International Union of Railways (UIC) was founded in 1922 to create standards to facilitate the operation of international railway traffic. These standards are contained within UIC-Leaflets which define technical specifications for interoperability for rolling stock, infrastructure, signalling systems and catenary. Other Leaflets cover agreements on operational and commercial rules.…

Simulations of running dynamics in bogie design and development

28 May 2008 | By Oldrich Polach, Chief Engineer Dynamics, Business Unit Bogies, Bombardier Transportation and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member

Bombardier Transportation develops and produces bogies for a complete range of modern railway vehicles. The calculations and analyses of running dynamics play an indispensable part in the development of these products. This article outlines the usage of computer techniques to investigate vehicle dynamics during the individual product development phases of…

New rail freight traffic for 2015

28 May 2008 | By Jürgen Siegmann, Head, and Helge Stuhr, Research Associate, of the Chair of Track & Railway Operations, Technische Universität Berlin (Berlin Institute of Technology)

This article discusses new technologies, dimensions and production systems for rail freight traffic – based on genuine situations in Germany.

Talgo 250: versatility and success of commercial operations

28 May 2008 | By Mario Oriol, Export & Marketing Director, Talgo

The Talgo 250 was originally developed to meet Renfe’s needs to operate the latest generation of high-speed trains in an indistinctive manner on the Spanish rail network which operates on the traditional 1668mm gauge with 3000 v D.C electric supply and for the new high-speed lines, designed and built in…

Friction stir welding for the fabrication of aluminium rolling stock

28 May 2008 | By Stephan W Kallee, Sector Manager Industrial Membership Services and Calvin Blignault, Project Leader – Technology Friction and Forge Processes Department, EFP Technology Group, TWI Ltd

Since the invention of friction stir welding (FSW) at TWI in 1991, companies from all parts of the world have implemented the process, predominantly in the fabrication of aluminium components and panels. Friction stir welded structures are now revolutionising the way in which trains, metro cars and trams are built.

DB to add 1,000km to the high-speed network

28 May 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

In a recent presentation from Dipl.-Ing. Wolfgang Feldwisch of DB Netz AG given at the UIC High-Speed show in Amsterdam, ambitious plans for enlarging the German high-speed network were explained.

Milling – the new dimension of rail-profiling

28 May 2008 | By Hans-Peter Bartmann, International Sales Manager, Linsinger Maschinenbau GmbH

It was in 2003 when Linsinger Maschinenbau GmbH from Austria launched its new version of the Rail Milling Train SF 03 FFS for German Railways, DB AG, and Alpha-Rail Team for the German Railway Market. Since then, the rail milling technology of Linsinger started a matchless and incomparable victory lap…

Infrastructure project expertise

8 April 2008 | By Jürgen Seiler, Project Director, Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich NBL/UGL and Katharina Klemt-Albert, Head of the Site Supervision Unit, DB ProjektBau GmbH

DB ProjektBau gathers together specialists within the DB Group from the fields of Project Management, Planning and Engineering Supervision. With expertise from a variety of domains being pooled in this way, DB ProjektBau has unique know-how that enables it to provide all services from a single source – from project…

Arriva: strengthening its German position

8 April 2008 | By Klaus Jacobs, Chief Executive, Arriva Deutschland GmbH

Arriva Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest private rail operators in Germany, operating more than 17 million train kilometres per year. It also provides cross border services into the Netherlands and Czech Republic. However, it’s not only railways that are of great interest to Arriva Deutschland; the bus and…

Freight operation growth ensures economical potential

8 April 2008 | By Dr. Klaus Kremper, CEO, Railion Deutschland AG

The strategic focus of DB Schenker is on the creation of end-to-end service offers on the European rail corridors. While the North-South connections have been operating without problems, we have been quite engaged for some time in efforts along the East-West corridor. The acquisitions of EWS, a British rail freight…

DB’s experience with Y-steel sleepers

8 April 2008 | By Andreas Beck and Thomas Hempe, Specialists in Track Technology Management, DB Netz AG

Permanent way is required to absorb the static and dynamic forces resulting in vertical (z), lateral (y), and longitudinal (x) directions from railway traffic loads, to effectively distribute them, and to transfer them into the sub-grade at reduced magnitudes. Superimposed on these external forces are additional internal forces arising from…

Allocation of resources secure long-term growth

8 April 2008 | By İsa Apaydin, Deputy Director General, Turkish Railways (TCDD)

The history of Turkish Railways started with the construction of the I.zmir-Aydın line during the Ottoman period in 1856. During this period, 8,500km of railway lines were constructed and 4,000km of the total length of this network remained within the existing national boundaries.