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Industry Focus 2008



Conquering barriers to cross borders

28 December 2008 | By Antoine Loraillère, International Technical Affairs Manager, UNIFE

Crossing borders is a rather simple action performed by millions of Europeans on a daily basis; be it for studies, business or pleasure. A substantial number of travellers rely hugely on rail to take them over the border; further North, South, East or West. Hopefully, for the peace of mind…


Developments in railway tracks

28 December 2008 | By Prof. Coenraad Esveld, Director of Esveld Consulting Services and Em. Professor of Railway Engineering, TU Delft

One of the most important developments in the last decade was the large scale application of slab track. This is in particular the case for high-speed tracks. In countries like The Netherlands, with very soft soil conditions, classical high-speed tracks could only be realised without massive soil improvements via grouting…


Consultancies help out on major projects

28 December 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Consultancies are providing expertise that is helping to realise important railway projects in Europe and around the world. Britain’s first high-speed railway line – High Speed 1 – was opened by Queen Elizabeth II with much fanfare on 6 November 2007. High speed Eurostar trains now whisk passengers from the…


ERTMS in 2007

28 December 2008 | By Dan Mandoc, Chargé de Mission – GSM-R, Department of Infrastructure, UIC and Olivier Lévêque, ETCS Senior Advisor, UIC.

ERTMS is the European Rail Traffic Management System – a signalling and train control system promoted by the European Commission for use throughout Europe and specified for compliance with the High Speed and Conventional Interoperability Directives. The system aims to remedy the lack of standardisation in the area of signalling…