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Issue 1 2010

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Foreword: Belgium plans future growth

28 January 2010 | By Etienne Schouppe, Secretary of State for Mobility, Belgium

This year, Belgium will commemorate the 175th anniversary of the inauguration of the country’s first main line between Brussels and Malines.

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Triple A approach tested in practice gives valuable results

28 January 2010 | By Sjaak Heijstek, Manager for Capacity Allocation Traffic, ProRail

In Issue 1 2009 of Global Railway Review, an article was published about how ProRail expects to realise a growth of 50% by applying a new approach. This approach is known as the Triple A. In this article, I will discuss the progress since January 2009, but I will first…

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Looking beyond national borders

28 January 2010 | By Fernand Rippinger, Chief Executive Officer and Marc Polini, Chief Commercial Officer, CFL cargo

CFL cargo, created in October 2006, aims to offer customer-oriented pan-European door-to-door rail freight services, while creating shareholder value and adhering to high social, safety and environmental standards.

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Infrabel feverishly continues working on Liefkenshoek rail link

28 January 2010 | By Luc Vansteenkiste, Director General of Access to the Network, Infrabel

Infrabel, the Belgian railway infrastructure manager, is busy working on building a direct rail link between the Left and the Right Bank in the Port of Antwerp: the Liefkenshoek rail link. In mid-January 2010, the project company LOCORAIL NV started boring the first of two tunnel shafts. In a conversation…

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GSM-R in 2009 – international operations take off

28 January 2010 | By Dan Mandoc, ERTMS/GSM-R Project Manager, UIC

Over the last few years, the UIC has written many updates about the GSM-R situation in Europe for Global Railway Review and 2009 was a good year for GSM-R, despite the overall difficult economic environment. Finland is the latest country who has changed its colour on the UIC GSM-R implementation…

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QATS GSM-R by Expandium: solutions for safety serving rail operations

28 January 2010 | By Pascal Bertrand, QATS GSM-R Product Manager, Expandium

Because safety is a vital concern for all players in the rail industry, Expandium has designed QATS – a highly efficient troubleshooting solution enabling technical staff to detect network malfunctions early and correct them. With QATS, Expandium’s experts have met the challenge to display and monitor the performance of a…

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GSM-R in France

28 January 2010 | By Rémi Bévot, GSM-R Project Director and Olivier Labourdette, GSM-R Project Manager, SNCF Engineering

Many railway operators have decided to implement ground-to-train radios on their networks in the fourth quarter of the 20th century, which was, for most of them, variants of a UIC specific analogue technology. In order to anticipate the upcoming obsolescence of this existing radio and having in mind the objective…

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SELEX Communications solutions for the railway sector

28 January 2010 | By Pierpaolo Di Labio, Business Development Manager, Transport Market, SELEX Communications SpA

Communications are one of the components that lead the train operating company to be efficient, secure and safe. Railway telecommunication systems have to work 24 hours a day and 365 days a year with a negligible downtime: therefore they must have an extremely high level of availability and reliability. Lives…

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Radio Network Design for GSM-R requires specific skills

28 January 2010 | By Martijn Kuijpers, Director, Clear CinCom

There are important differences between traditional radio planning and the construction of a GSM-R network, explains GSM-R consultant Martijn Kuijpers. “The nature of GSM-R and elaborate government requirements make constructing a well optimised GSM-R radio network a very specific challenge.”

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GSM-R from Nokia Siemens Networks – the fast track to efficient railway communications

28 January 2010 | By Johann Garstenauer, Head of Railway Solutions, Nokia Siemens Networks

Today’s railway networks are undergoing a renaissance. With high-speed lines competing for much of the business of short haul and domestic air traffic, railways are attracting passengers at an ever growing rate. Modern digital communications technology is ready to support this transformation.

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Rail freight transportation offers a green vision for current and future plans

28 January 2010 | By Matej Augustín, Chief Executive Officer, ZSSK CARGO

Železničná spoločnosť Cargo Slovakia, a.s., (ZSSK CARGO) is a strategic rail transportation undertaking in Slovakia with a transported volume market share of approximately 95%. It is a company with the densest network of tariff points within Slovakia and key transhipment whilst pumping through capacities to the border with Ukraine.

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Changing the future

28 January 2010 | By László Mosóczi, Member of the Board, Chief Operating Officer, Head of MÁV Infrastructure

Hungarian State Railways Co. (MÁV) is characterised by limited market and financial opportunities which are determined by the obligation to sustain the level of service, the application of obligatory ticket prices, limited budgetary compensations and by limited debt raising opportunities. After a couple of decades, the first years of the…

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Making 2010 the year for accomplishments

28 January 2010 | By Branimir Jerneić, President, HŽ Infrastruktura Management Board

Like in the case of all European railways recently, the global recession found its reflection in freight transport volumes, which in 2009 decreased by 24% in comparison with 2008. Passenger transport increased by 4%, but its increase is much smaller than those recorded in recent years, when passenger transport was…

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Extending the lifetime of rail infrastructure by proper energy management

28 January 2010 | By Michaël Steenbergen, Academic Researcher in the field of Railway Engineering, Delft University of Technology

Current design philosophies of railway tracks are based on the conception of a railway system as a statically loaded system. This is directly translated into two classical principles: load spreading and stiffness reduction in downward direction. A ‘layered’ track design results in order to transfer the enormous wheel-rail contact stresses…