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SJ is back on track

26 September 2007 | By Claes Broström, Vice President of Fleet Management, SJ

From the threat of bankruptcy to the position of a profitable travel company in just a few years, SJ is now crowning themselves as the most efficient and profitable train company in Europe. But with Sweden’s old rail infrastructure still in use means that SJ is struggling to keep up…

One year on: high-speed plans continue

26 September 2007 | By José Alves Monteiro, General Director of Strategic Planning & Control, REFER

In our last article (published in ERR 4/06) concerning the plans, projects and priorities of REFER, we presented a general perspective of the public infrastructure investment in the conventional network corresponding to the most urgent ones and it also gave some information about the development of the high-speed project. Approximately…

Portuguese high-speed network is fast approaching

26 September 2007 | By Carlos Alberto João Fernandes, Member of the Board, RAVE

RAVE is a company that develops and co-ordinates the projects and studies that are necessary to facilitate decision-making in the context of planning, constructing, financing and operating a high-speed rail network that is to be established in continental Portugal along with its planned connections to the high-speed railway network in…

ADIF looks towards the future

26 September 2007 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review and Joaquin Jiménez Otero, International Affairs Direction, ADIF

Heavy investments will be made in the Spanish railway network in forthcoming years. The Spanish railway network has been split into separate companies managing the railway infrastructure (ADIF) and train operations (Renfe). There is strong political impetus to invest in the railways, with the 15-year Strategic Plan for Transport Infrastructure…

Renfe faces the future with confidence

26 September 2007 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Completion of the first high-speed line in Spain 15 years ago gave Renfe a new confidence and investment in the network is continuing at a sustained pace. Spain has one of the fastest–growing railway networks in Europe. Renfe (Spanish National Railways) gained a new confidence with the opening of the…

Corrugation and dip angle measurements performed by Eurailscout

26 September 2007 | By Steffen Knape, Director, Eurailscout

Corrugation on rails causes severe damage to the railway infrastructure. Corrugation causes noise, additional stress in the rails and high frequency vibration which damages the subsoil; squats can also occur if rail head corrugation is not controlled.

Beneficial monitoring: not whether, but when?

26 September 2007 | By Ton Bontekoe, Product Manager – Gotcha, Lloyds Register Rail

Achieving high levels of rail system reliability in all the phases of the life cycle at an optimal cost requires sound information, robust risk based analysis, proper implementation of asset management activities and on-going critical review.

Power Supply Solutions

26 September 2007 | By Maurice Debrand, Managing Engineer, RFF, Margo van Vliet, Senior Consultant and Remco Paulussen, Senior Power Supply Specialist, ARCADIS The Netherlands and Mikaël Beck, Project Management Assistant, ARCADIS France

The dimensioning of power supply systems for railways is complex. To obtain a power supply that fulfils the traffic demands over its lifespan, improving or upgrading of the power system cannot be avoided. The many planned projects for the northern transalpine line Lyon – St Jean de Maurienne and the…

Strong port investments to create efficient Intermodal links

26 September 2007 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the infrastructure manager of the Belgian railway network, is investing strongly in the extension of a competitive, suitable railway infrastructure in various Belgian ports. These extensions support the development of the ports and will improve intermodality between rail and water. In an interview with Global Railway Review, Luc Lallemand,…

MACs for infrastructure operation, maintenance & renewal

26 September 2007 | By Paul McMahon, Deputy Director, Competition and Regulatory Economics, Office of Rail Regulation

A multi-annual contract (MAC) for rail infrastructure operation, maintenance and renewal is an agreement between the government, as a key funder of the infrastructure, and the infrastructure manager. It sets out the funding the government will provide over a number of years and what services and outputs the infrastructure manager…

Success and growth – the ÖBB way

30 July 2007 | By Martin Huber, Chairman, ÖBB-Holding AG

ÖBB is on the way to renewal – and on the way to European achievement. One thing is clear to all members of the Group; ÖBB must be fit for European competition. This will require extensive work in major activities – ranging from the new main railway station of Vienna…

Enhancing economic growth

30 July 2007 | By Arnold Schiefer, Director of ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG

Reorganisation of the ÖBB into a group with market orientated companies is the passport to successful participation in a liberalized rail transport market. Aiming to be among the best, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG is improving the quality of its existing network while intensifying the push for internationalisation to embrace the economic…

SUPERNOVA – the evaluation tool

30 July 2007 | By Erwin Kastberger, SUPERNOVA Project Officer, ÖBB PV AG

In early 2005, Global Railway Review’s sister publication, Eurotransport, published an article describing the main functions and the development of SUPERNOVA – the evaluation tool of ÖBB Passenger Transport Department. Since 2005, there have been some relevant improvements of SUPERNOVA which has enlarged widely the possibilities to use the model.…

SBB – service upgrades for tomorrow’s railway

30 July 2007 | By Paul Blumenthal, Head of SBB Passenger Traffic Division

Three years after the Rail 2000 project entered the operational phase, SBB now plans to introduce further service upgrades. In particular, the opening of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel in December 2007 will shorten journeys to Valais and Italy. The new timetable due to be introduced in December 2008 will see…

The Gotthard Railway: 125 years of excellence

30 July 2007 | By Christian Kräuchi, Head of Communications, SBB Infrastructure Division

The railway line traversing the Gotthard massif is a vital artery through Switzerland. In 2007, the Gotthard Railway will be celebrating its 125th anniversary. During the past few decades, the line has been consistently modernised and adapted to the needs of today’s traffic. In a few years’ time, the existing…