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Rolling stock orders for DB

3 April 2007 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

In the middle years of this decade, the German rolling stock market was quiet. The big post-reunification boom in orders in the 1990s was followed by a lull, as the German government sought to rein in public spending and prepare Deutsche Bahn AG for privatisation.

Crucial breakdown repairs at DB Netz AG

3 April 2007 | By Klaus Stahl, Manager of Process Maintenance, DB Netz AG

Ensuring efficient breakdown repair management for DB Netz AG means the guarantee of availability of the track system around the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Long-future for long-distance travel

3 April 2007 | By Dr. Nikolaus Breuel, Chairman, DB Fernverkehr AG

The European rail network is becoming increasingly integrated and, with its attractive range of long-distance passenger services, Deutsche Bahn is one of the principal players.

Production System 2ooX

3 April 2007 | By Mr. Hendrik Penner, Manager of the Development of Single Wagon Load Traffic, Railion Deutschland GmbH

In the public debate, it is frequently maintained that single wagonload traffic (EV) is in need of urgent and comprehensive reorganisation. There are many and diverse reasons for that claim. On the one hand, the direct competition with road haulage leads to enormous pressure on prices, especially since the enlargement…

The growth of the Greek network

3 April 2007 | By Dionysios Chionis, Managing Director, OSE – Hellenic Railways

Strongly supported by the Ministry of Transport and Communications, a new era for Hellenic Railways is starting to take shape with major modernisation and upgrading projects of the railway service and infrastructure of the country.

The ÖBB/Porr ballastless track system

3 April 2007 | By Dr. Rudolf Schilder, Head of Permanent Way, Engineering Services, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG

ÖBB, The Austrian Federal Railway Company, transports approximately 183.3 million passengers and 90.6 million tons of freight traffic per year. The ÖBB railway network consists of approximately 3,600 kilometres of main railway lines and in the region of 2,200 kilometres supplementary network. At the moment, the maximum line speed is…

Improving routes and times

3 April 2007 | By Jean-Damien Bierre, Haut Bugey Project Manager, RFF

The Haut Bugey line project is one of several Franco-Suisse projects. Its aim is to improve train links between France and Switzerland, as per the agreement signed in 1999 by French and Swiss governments. Although the project is entirely located in France, the Swiss government provides close to one third…

Transforming travel

3 April 2007 | By Mr. Ian Benger, Projects Manager, First TransPennine Express

A partnership between FirstGroup plc and Keolis was awarded the franchise to provide inter-city and inter-urban passenger rail services to major cities and towns across the north of England, with also the management of 30 stations from 1 February 2004.

Track deterioration in high-speed railways

3 April 2007 | By Dr. Eng. Luis Ubalde, Research Engineer, Prof. Dr. Eng. Andrés López Pita, Professor of Railways, Dr. Eng Paulo F. Teixeria, Research Engineer and Eng. Adrina Bachiller, Research Engineer, Centre for Innovation in Transport (CENIT), Technical University of Catalonia and Eng. Inmaculada Gallego, Research Engineer, University of Castilla- La Mancha

Present requirements of safety and quality in high-speed lines, considering the demand of increased traffic and higher reliability, lead to the introduction of more and more complex analyses in order to guarantee accurate track maintenance. In this context, systematic application of track tests, both dynamic control (measuring vehicle accelerations) and…

UIC works to reduce train noise with composite brake shoes

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The reduction and possible elimination of noise became an issue that is steadily gaining importance on railways. After ‘TSI noise’ came into force on 23 June 2006, all new-built rolling stock has to comply with it. One of the main sources of railway noise is the rolling sound of the…

Belgian high-speed: project completion in sight

6 February 2007 | By Jean Marie Raviart, Director General of Infrastructure, Infrabel

Belgium, at the heart of Europe’s railway network, is a key link in what is to become a vast interoperable network of high-speed lines covering Europe. Infrabel intends to take every advantage of the opportunities this will offer. The high-speed line between Brussels and the Dutch border will be put…

On track for greater mobility

6 February 2007 | By Luc Lallemand, Chief Executive Officer, Infrabel

Every day, approximately 360,000 commuters travel into and out of Brussels and a further 50,000 or so are forecast to join their ranks by 2008. Against this background of increasing commuter numbers, and as road networks become increasingly congested, the Réseau Express Régional is undoubtedly the best solution for ensuring…

Attack is the best form of defence

6 February 2007 | By Alex Kremer, Director General, CFL

Operating a small rail network has its moments. Instead of being forced to go after huge parts of the European market to maintain competitiveness and thus being expected to operate a fleet of thousands of locomotives and coaches, a comparatively small railway company, such as CFL, enjoys the luxury of…

HSL-Zuid: ready, steady, go!

6 February 2007 | By Jaap Geluk, Project Director, Rijkswaterstaat High-Speed Line Zuid

In 2007, the High-Speed Line South will connect The Netherlands with the European high-speed railway network. By then, high-speed train connections will have been established, not only to Brussels and Paris, but also within The Netherlands itself.

Connected by NS – the future is accessible

6 February 2007 | By Bert Meerstadt, Chief Commercial Officer and Executive Board Member, Netherlands Railways

Netherlands Railways (NS) has a strong ambition – to provide seamless travel at any time, without giving it a second thought. The company wants to provide attractive packages, not only for train journeys, but combining various modes of transport: bicycle, car, bus, tram, metro and airplane. Customers will get new,…