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“The railway will be the transport mode of the 22nd century”

6 February 2012 | By Etienne Schouppe, State Secretary for Mobility, Belgium

“The railway will be the transport mode of the 21st century, if it survives the 20th.” I had to use this phrase on numerous occasions during my time as Chief Executive of the Belgian National Railway Company in the 1990s, in order to make my colleagues aware of the necessity,…

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Infrabel is putting the finishing touches to its Diabolo project

6 February 2012 | By Luc Lallemand, CEO, Infrabel

Infrabel, the manager of the Belgian railway infrastructure, is currently putting the finishing touches to Diabolo – the new direct rail link to and from Brussels Airport. With four months before the rail link goes into service, Luc Lallemand, Infrabel’s CEO, exclusively tells Global Railway Review the most important achievements…

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BGN 1.3 billion to be invested in Bulgarian railway infrastructure by 2014

6 February 2012 | By Milcho Lambrev, Director General, National Railway Intrastructure Company (NRIC)

The State Enterprise ‘National Railway Infrastructure Company’ (NRIC) has been established by the Law on Railway Transport – a law which came into force from 1 January 2002. The company is with a statute of a state-owned entity as per the meaning of the Trade Act. The company is registered…

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Raising the profile of the SEETO Comprehensive Rail Network

6 February 2012 | By Nedim Begovic, Railway Expert, SEETO

The European Commission’s proposal on new TEN-T guidelines adopted on 19 October 2011 was welcomed by the Regional Participants, since it includes important achievement of South East European regional cooperation. For the first time, the SEETO (South East Europe Transport Observatory) Comprehensive Network was included in the TEN-T Comprehensive Network…

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Detection of wheel-rail contact conditions for improved train control

6 February 2012 | By Professor T X Mei, School of Computing Science and Engineering, Salford University, UK

The contact between wheels and track is fundamental to railway operations, but the contact conditions are affected by often unpredictable external sources of contamination such as fallen tree leaves, snow and rain which can substantially reduce the level of adhesion of the track that is essential to the delivery of…

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Adjusted rail profile makes Dutch rail virtually free from Head Checks

6 February 2012 | By Dr Rolf Dollevoet, System Expert Track, ProRail

Since 2006, infra-manager ProRail has been keeping the Dutch rail free from Head Checks by grinding the rails in an Anti Head Check profile. Head Checks (HC) are rail defects that are created by wheel-rail contact. These can be serious safety threats. I obtained my doctorate in 2010 with the…