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Industry Focus 2007



Positive progression for the rolling stock market

29 December 2006 | By Drewin Nieuwenhuis, General Director, UNIFE

2006 has been a positive year for the Rail Industry – both in terms of development perspectives and recent technological achievements. This feeling was largely reflected at the Innotrans trade fair last September where the Industry presented its state-of-the-art technology, particularly in the Rolling Stock area. The seminar organised jointly…


High requirements for safe and reliable track systems

29 December 2006 | By Günther Leykauf, Director, Institute for Road, Railway and Airfield Construction, Munich University of Technology

The wheel/rail system is on the right way to ensure mobility for the future. To compete with road traffic, reliable track systems are necessary which require not only renewal of worn and fatigue stressed track components but also the introduction of optimized and newly developed system innovations as well as…


Essential work to secure a long-term future

29 December 2006 | By Jeremy Candfield, President of the European Federation of Railway Trackwork Contractors

The Federation’s membership consists of national associations or, where they do not exist, national coordinators, representing the majority of specialist trackwork contractors in countries that are members of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Area (EFTA). National federations and coordinators from other countries may be admitted as…


Professional services for 21st century railways

29 December 2006 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

All large corporate organisations, such as railways, have the need for professional services. Lawyers, accountants, architects, engineers – all these and more are likely to be needed at some time or another, especially if large projects are being planned.


Harmonising the future of railway operations

29 December 2006 | By Dr. Peter Winter, Project Director GSM-R/ERTMS, UIC

Signalling, train control and communication installations are all important assets for modern railways and they contribute significantly to performance and quality of passenger and freight train services. Over the last few decades they have been the subject of deep conceptual and technological changes.