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Operations control centres at Deutsche Bahn AG

3 April 2006 | By Klaus Junker, Member of the Board of DB Netz AG – Operations, Dr. Jörg Bormet, DB Netz AG, Quality of Operations and Doris Brück, DB Netz AG, Operation of Control Centres

In 1995, Deutsche Bahn decided to amalgamate and extensively automate its train scheduling and interlocking control operations by creating seven dedicated competence centres. The objective of the restructuring was to meet the need for comprehensive modernisation of the interlocking systems especially those used in the east of Germany, whilst at…

Deutsche Bahn’s sales strategy

3 April 2006 | By Jürgen Büchy, Chairman of the Management Board, DB Vertrieb AG

As part of its restructuring and modernisation programme, Deutsche Bahn AG optimised its sales concept in the passenger transport sector. The strategic goals were to increase revenues and reduce costs, while at the same time securing quality. DB has substantially increased its local and long- distance transport revenues over the…

Machines and technology for high-capacity lines

3 April 2006 | By Ing. Rainer Wenty, General Manager Marketing and Technical Sales, Plasser & Theurer Bahnbaumaschinen GmbH

Whenever the speed or capacity of a line is increased or a new line is built, the application of appropriate track maintenance and upgrading procedures is very important to enable optimal and efficient use of the lines. In addition to that, a high level of comfort and safety has to…

Hellenic Railways: moving forward

3 April 2006 | By Prof. Nicolas C. Baltas, President of BoD of Hellenic Railways

The Greek railway network constitutes part of the trans-European transport network and OSE, therefore, implements an investment programme in compliance with the Common European Policy on railway/combined transports. The current activities of OSE that are financed by both European Union’s structural funds and OSE’s financial resources include such large investment…

Turkish state rail: past, present and future

3 April 2006 | By Suleyman Karaman, Director General, TCDD

TCDD is celebrating its 150th Foundation Anniversary this year. The history of Turkish railway commenced with the I·zmir – Aydin line, the foundation of which was laid on September 23 1856. After that foreign states, particularly England and Germany, arranged licenses for railway construction on the Ottoman lands.

Cross-border considerations

3 April 2006 | By Wolfram Seiler, Head of Locomotives Division, Siemens AG – Transportation Systems

The opening of the European railway network initiated by the European Commission in the mid-1990s created numerous opportunities for the railways. However, differing standards still raise considerable barriers to cross-border rail traffic. Different voltage and train safety systems, for instance, impede the more flexible use of traction units. But a…

Shape optimisation of a railway wheel profile

3 April 2006 | By Coenraad Esveld, Professor of Railway Engineering and Valery L. Markine, Assistant Professor of Railway Engineering and Ivan Y. Shevtsov, Researcher of Railway Engineering, TU Delft

Delft University of Technology has developed and successfully implemented a procedure for optimisation of a railway wheel profile. An optimised wheel profile reduces wheel/rail wear and prevents vehicle instability.

The future of rail is here

3 April 2006 | By Craig Waters

The railway infrastructure market needs excellent, sustainable and economical track solutions – these are the words of Klaus Meusel, Member of the Managing Board, voestalpine Bahnsysteme GmbH & Co KG. However this is not merely commentary; voestalpine Schienen GmbH have invested more than €330m in a new rail manufacturing plant.…

Bright future for Belgium

14 February 2006 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO Infrabel

In an interview with Global Railway Review, CEO Luc Lallemand openly talks about Infrabel, the manager of the Belgian railway infrastructure. During this conversation the CEO, among other things, talks about the main tasks, the investments, the major projects and the challenges of Infrabel.

Infrastructure maintenance and extension

14 February 2006 | By Jean-Marie Raviart, Director General of Infrastructure at Infrabel

Jean-Marie Raviart, Director General of Infrastructure at Infrabel, was interviewed by Global Railway Review to comment on Infrabel’s investment policy and the major Belgian railway projects.

The ProRail outsourcing way

14 February 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

ProRail, the owner of the Dutch railway network, has gone further than most European rail infrastructure companies in putting maintenance and renewal work out to tender. James Abbott, Global Railway Review’s Technical Editor asks the questions that matter to two of ProRail’s employees – Mr. Jan Swier, Strategic Advisor for…

Survival of Croatian Railways

14 February 2006 | By Davorin Kobak, B.Sc.E, President of the Management Board, hrvatske zveljeznice

The restructuring and modernisation of Croatian Railways are a part of the comprehensive preparations for the accession of Croatia to the European Union. €1.9 billion will be invested in rolling stock and infrastructure from 2006 and 2010. The majority of that amount is to be invested in the modernisation of…

SZ – competitive progress

14 February 2006 | By Dr. Jozve Jurkovic, General Director, Slovenske zveleznice

Slovenia is a small central-European country and Slovenian Railways (SZ) is a small railway company. With just over 1,200 kilometres of railway tracks and 8,100 employees, Slovenian Railways are among the smallest of European railways. The above mentioned numbers, however, only tell part of the story about the company and…

The Finnish fleet

14 February 2006 | By Markku Pesonen, Director of Rolling Stock Maintenance Department, VR

The Finnish rail network measures 5,800km consisting of approximately 50% electrified lines and over 90% single-track lines. Both passenger and freight trains, featuring different operating speeds, run on the same network. Roughly 40% of the network is over 30 years old, and due to insufficient financing, the development needs have…

SJ’s communication installation

14 February 2006 | By Magnus Jonasson, Vice President Fleet Management Division, SJ

The X 2000 is one of SJ’s leading trains. Compared with other means of transportation it offers its passengers the possibility to use their travel time to work or be entertained. To extend this advantage, SJ have started to develop a system for seamless communication. It has two purposes: the…