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SJ wins traffic from air and road

15 September 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Sweden’s state railway has won market share from airlines and buses. But it is not resting on its laurels, SJ Chief Executive Jan Forsberg told Global Railway Review in an interview.

Level crossings – OLA model cooperation

15 September 2006 | By Olle Mornell, Project Manager, Banverket

Covering 440,000km2, Sweden is a relatively large country – approximately the size and shape of California. However, the population is only nine million, which means a density of 20 persons per km2. Approximately 90% of the population lives in the southern third of the country. Sweden is located on the…

The Figueras-Perpignan High-Speed Line

15 September 2006 | By Ramon Conde, Marketing and Communications Director, TP Ferro

Historically, the Pyrenees have acted as a natural barrier for the communications between France and Spain, concentrating them at both extremes of the mountain range, through the coastal plains. The increasing cross-border traffic flow has produced consequent traffic congestion. In 1992, the governments of France and Spain started detailed discussions…

Italy’s rolling stock commitment continues

15 September 2006 | By Emilio Maestrini, Director of Rolling Stock, Trenitalia

Trenitalia, the transportation company of the Ferrovie dello Stato (State Railways) Group, has been pursuing ambitious investment programmes for a number of years now, with the dual goal of modernising its fleet while guaranteeing its passengers increasingly elevated standards of comfort and safety.

Modern bogie solutions

15 September 2006 | By Hans Hödl, Vice President of Sales, Siemens Transportation Systems

The bogies of railway vehicles have become a high-tech component nowadays. At Siemens, they are developed and manufactured for the whole company in a World Centre of Competence for bogies (CoC) in Graz/Austria, where the most modern technical methods are used in development and production. With totally new bogie concepts…

The EURO 4000: powerful, flexible and efficient

15 September 2006 | By Ricardo Albelda, Engineering Manager, Vossloh España

What is currently Europe’s most powerful diesel-electric locomotive is being presented by Vossloh Transportation Systems for the first time at InnoTrans 2006. Built by Valencia-based Vossloh España, the EURO 4000 is powered by a 16-cylinder two-stroke 3,178-kW engine from Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. (EMD), USA.

Investment in track monitoring increases

15 September 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Keeping on top of the condition of your track can pay dividends in terms of improved ride and reduced maintenance bills. Modern monitoring equipment allows engineers to plan predictive maintenance. Europe’s railways are stepping up spending on track testing and monitoring. Traditionally, track maintenance has been reactive: in this case,…

New perspectives for the South Eastern Region

15 September 2006 | By Harald Hotz, Head of Network Access, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG

It is widely known that the railway sector in South Eastern Europe has to handle a lot of challenges since the break-up of former Yugoslavia. Not only do government bodies and railways in the region have to face and accept them, but also their counterparts in the neighbouring countries have…

Sustainable rail engineering

15 September 2006 | By Mike Jenkins, Director of Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB)

Today’s relentless pace of change is driving an ever growing demand for fast, safe and reliable travel. But resources are shrinking. Mike Jenkins, PB’s Director of Rail, explains why the world is turning to rail as the key element in an integrated transport solution.

The communication and signalling network of ÖBB

28 July 2006 | By August Zierl, Director of Technology Department, Friedrich Cerny, Signal Engineer and Herbert Müller, Leader of GSM-R Competence Centre, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG

At the beginning of the 1990s, and due to the occurrence of some heavy accidents, ÖBB began to look for a new train protection system to fit the requirements of an increased traffic capacity on the lines and as a result of this, the necessity to increase safety on the…

Condition detection – an intelligent solution

28 July 2006 | By Wolfgang Zottl, Project Manager ARGOS, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG and Dietmar Maicz, Project Manager for Railway Applications, Hottinger Baldwin Messetechnik

In view of free network access, it is important for railway companies to detect the condition (loading, driving stability, out-of-roundness of wheels) of their trains as they run along the track. In 1998, the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) began research in the field of intelligent local measurement. The ARGOS system…

Swiss ETCS implementation

28 July 2006 | By Hansjörg Hess, Head of SBB Infrastructure and member of the Management Board of SBB AG

ETCS has now become fully operational on one of Switzerland’s main lines. Since July 2006, ETCS Level 2 has been activated during the evenings to ensure the safe operation of revenue-earning services on the newly built Mattstetten–Rothrist route. At present, therefore, approximately 20 trains a day are being controlled by…

The Kaizen method for SBB

28 July 2006 | By Philippe Gauderon, Deputy Director of SBB Passenger Traffic Division and Head of SBB Passenger Traffic Division’s Operating Department

Rolling stock maintenance at SBB AG has been affected by a number of trends: increasingly fierce competition, rising pressure on costs, Europe-wide overcapacity, increasingly heavy use of rolling stock with each timetable change, and ever shorter idle periods. Against this backdrop, there is a pressing need to deploy existing resources…

High-speed and GSM-R: Portuguese overview

28 July 2006 | By Eduardo Frederico, Director of Engineering, RAVE

By decision of the Portuguese Government, a High Speed Transportation System shall be developed which offers both international high-speed and national high-speed train services (passenger and freight) accommodating the increasing requirements for cross-border mobility and which contributes to the strengthening of the economic position and social cohesion, in particular between…