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Branching out to stay competitive

26 November 2007 | By Tim Shakerley, Engineering Director, Freightliner Group

In 1999, Freightliner Group identified a significant opportunity for the company to enter the bulk freight market, and established Freightliner Heavy Haul Ltd (FHH). In an interview for the Global Railway Review, Tim Shakerley explains how starting from scratch, the company has quickly grown in the bulk rail business, branching…

United Kingdom joins the high-speed club

26 November 2007 | By Dave Pointon, Managing Director, Union Railways (North) Ltd

High Speed 1 (HS1), the UK’s first high speed railway, opened for business on 14 November 2007. Dave Pointon, Managing Director of project client Union Railways, looks back at key aspects of the 14-year planning and construction effort.

High Speed 1: A new benchmark in project management

26 November 2007 | By

Britain is finally getting its first new successful railway line in over a century. Nine years after construction began, High Speed 1 (HS1) is ready to commence commercial services from St Pancras International, the glorious new home of British high-speed rail travel.

Significant developments of GSM-R in France

26 November 2007 | By Rémi Bévot, SNCF Engineering, GSM-R Project Director and Alexandre Saide, SNCF Engineering, GSM-R Project Manager

Many railway operators decided to implement ground-to-train radios on their networks during the fourth quarter of the 20th century, which, for most of them, was to use variants of UIC specific analogue technology. In order to anticipate the upcoming obsolescence of this existing radio and having in mind the objective…

Construction of the new Lower Inn Valley Railway

26 November 2007 | By Johann Herdina, General Manager, Brenner Eisenbahn GmbH

The construction of the new Lower Inn Valley Railway is one of Austria’s largest infrastructure projects. By 2012, the first section of the Northern feeder line to the Brenner base tunnel will be constructed on a length of ca. 40 kilometres.

A joint agreement to improve the French railway network

26 November 2007 | By Jean Prevot, Joint Commitment Programme Manager, RFF

On 25 May 2007, Anne-Marie Idrac, the president of the SNCF Group and Hubert du Mesnil, the President of Réseau Ferré de France, signed a new infrastructure management agreement to cover the financial years from 2007 to 2010 inclusive, for maintenance and upgrading of the French national railway network.

Performance of Poland’s operational programme

26 November 2007 | By Krzysztof Celinski, President of the Management Board, PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A.

This article comprehensively describes a modernisation plan for the Polish rail network to be fulfilled during 2007-2013 and subsequent years. This great investment plan is lead by PKP Polskie Linie Kolejowe S.A. (PKP Polish Railway Lines Company). The plan is an extensive one and there is still enough time and…

Bedding optimisation in turnouts

26 November 2007 | By Harald Loy, System Engineer, Getzner Werkstoffe GmbH

Geometrical discontinuities along turnouts can lead to strong localised variations of superstructure loads. By using Under Sleeper Pads (USP) with varying stiffness, the bedding conditions can be optimised and as a result the turnout area can be smoothed out. Modern railway tracks need to be able to bear the loads…

Improvement of Alstom’s high-speed bogies

26 November 2007 | By Jean-Daniel Nast, Technical Director of Bogies, Alstom Transport

Alstom’s high-speed bogies are the result of a joint collaboration with SNCF which started some 30 years ago in the frame of the TGV development...

NSB’s success story

26 November 2007 | By Goran Mandic, Chief Engineer ATC/ERTMS and GSM-R, Passenger Traffic, NSB

NSB enters the fourth quarter of 2007 with historical results. The Norwegian media is reporting an approximate revenue increase of 10% for the first half of 2007 and an equivalent increase in passenger traffic. If this trend continues, the total number of passengers for this year is estimated to reach…

ITA COSUF – scope, activities & structure

26 November 2007 | By Dipl.-Ing. Felix Amberg, President of COSUF and Chairman of Amberg Engineering Ltd/Hagerbach Test Gallery Ltd and Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Haack, Past-Chairman, STUVA e.V.,

COSUF – the ITA-Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities, was set-up in May 2005 at the ITA World Tunnel Congress in Istanbul, Turkey. This important step followed a joint initiative of eight European research projects which all aimed at improved tunnel safety after the disastrous fire accidents in various…

Maintaining tracks for long-term future service

26 November 2007 | By Dr. Konstantin von Diest, Head of Development, Stahlberg Roensch

A railway track represents a large investment that is not only meant to enable safe, fast and comfortable passenger and freight traffic, but is also expected to be permanently available. The track should allow decades of intense utilisation with no major interruptions. Track possessions for maintenance work or premature failure…

Consistent and positive ballastless track systems

26 November 2007 | By Jens Kleeberg, General Manager for Track Design, RAIL.ONE International GmbH

The international increase in transportation volume throughout the world over recent years has led to a revival in railway traffic. This has in turn resulted in an appreciable number of technical innovations and an enhancement in railway technology in the areas of rolling stock, train control and track engineering.

New tracks in Stockholm improve train traffic

27 September 2007 | By Kjell-Åke Averstad, Project Manager, Banverket

For more than 20 years, there has been a political discussion about more rail lines running through Stockholm. For the same length of time, hundreds of thousands of travellers have endured heavy trafficked rolling stock. At both mornings and evenings, the long-distance, high-speed, commuter and even freight trains have waited…

An organised identity to focus on clear goals

26 September 2007 | By Per-Olof Granbom, Director General, Banverket

Since last February, Banverket has taken on a new identity. The organisation is now totally focused on the customer: providing a higher level of reliability and punctuality and stopping the increasing costs for major investment projects. “If rail transport is to have a future, we must ensure the quality of…