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Issue 2 2008



Infrastructure project expertise

8 April 2008 | By Jürgen Seiler, Project Director, Nuremberg-Ingolstadt-Munich NBL/UGL and Katharina Klemt-Albert, Head of the Site Supervision Unit, DB ProjektBau GmbH

DB ProjektBau gathers together specialists within the DB Group from the fields of Project Management, Planning and Engineering Supervision. With expertise from a variety of domains being pooled in this way, DB ProjektBau has unique know-how that enables it to provide all services from a single source – from project…


Arriva: strengthening its German position

8 April 2008 | By Klaus Jacobs, Chief Executive, Arriva Deutschland GmbH

Arriva Deutschland GmbH is one of the largest private rail operators in Germany, operating more than 17 million train kilometres per year. It also provides cross border services into the Netherlands and Czech Republic. However, it’s not only railways that are of great interest to Arriva Deutschland; the bus and…


Freight operation growth ensures economical potential

8 April 2008 | By Dr. Klaus Kremper, CEO, Railion Deutschland AG

The strategic focus of DB Schenker is on the creation of end-to-end service offers on the European rail corridors. While the North-South connections have been operating without problems, we have been quite engaged for some time in efforts along the East-West corridor. The acquisitions of EWS, a British rail freight…


DB’s experience with Y-steel sleepers

8 April 2008 | By Andreas Beck and Thomas Hempe, Specialists in Track Technology Management, DB Netz AG

Permanent way is required to absorb the static and dynamic forces resulting in vertical (z), lateral (y), and longitudinal (x) directions from railway traffic loads, to effectively distribute them, and to transfer them into the sub-grade at reduced magnitudes. Superimposed on these external forces are additional internal forces arising from…


Allocation of resources secure long-term growth

8 April 2008 | By İsa Apaydin, Deputy Director General, Turkish Railways (TCDD)

The history of Turkish Railways started with the construction of the I.zmir-Aydın line during the Ottoman period in 1856. During this period, 8,500km of railway lines were constructed and 4,000km of the total length of this network remained within the existing national boundaries.


HSL-Zuid: high-speed importance

8 April 2008 | By Dietmar Wegner, RAMS Manager, Industry Sector, Mobility Division, Siemens AG

European cities are linked by an increasing amount of high-speed transport routes that satisfy growing demand for mobility. Ecological and economical/political aspects are also of immense importance to the expansion of the European high-speed transport network. The Netherlands’ connection to the high-speed network takes Europe another step closer to a…


Significant developments help future sustainability

8 April 2008 | By Kaido Simmermann, Managing Director and Chairman of the Management Board, Estonian Railways

2007 was one of the most controversial years in Estonian Railways’ history. The year could be characterised by the repurchase of company’s shares by the government, record freight volumes during the first months of the year, record low volumes during the second half of the year, cost savings, staff reductions,…


Solutions for Stockholm’s rail bottleneck

8 April 2008 | By Eskil Sellgren, Managing Director, WSP Civils Sweden

Some three million people live and work in Stockholm and the surrounding region. It is a market place for trade with goods and services, a centre for culture and entertainment and a meeting place for people from all over the world. Many people also commute between work and their homes…


Open to equality and accessibility

8 April 2008 | By Walter Hackl-Gruber, Head of Human Factors Working Group and Matthias Barta, Project Engineer, Human Factors Working Group, Technical University of Vienna

Our society has committed itself to provide equal access to the public transport system for all citizens. Despite common efforts to improve the accessibility of the rolling stock, there are still some deficiencies towards the Men Machine Interfaces (MMI’s) on mainline trains for physically and sensory impaired people.


Know-how, smart strategies and dedicated equipment

8 April 2008 | By Dipl.-Ing. Alfred Gruber, Head of Infra Service Division, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG

In order to be competitive on the liberalised rail transport market, the ÖBB Group must operate with market-oriented companies. A key success factor is the reliable transport handling and, thus, the reliability of the infrastructure facilities. That is where the division Infra Service of ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG comes in.


Adding value

8 April 2008 | By Paul Seller, Director of Technical Sales, Transportation and Chris Knowles, Director of Marketing, Transportation, Lloyd’s Register Rail Ltd

Making sure systems, products and processes are doing the job in the most efficient way, needs a co-ordinated approach and independent scrutiny. Independent assurance is an approach which checks what others have done, are doing and what they plan to do. When this is performed well, it makes a major…


Ballast Reinforcement: a new vision or just a mirage?

8 April 2008 | By Dr. Nick Thom, Lecturer, School of Engineering, University of Nottingham, UK

Despite modern railways being at the forefront of technologies such as power transmission, signalling, control systems and vehicle dynamics, there is one element which is stuck firmly in the Stone Age – the trackbed. It is true that some tracks are being designed and built with concrete or asphalt bases,…


A class of their own?

8 April 2008 | By Tim Shakerley, Director of Engineering, Freightliner Group Ltd

Recently, Freightliner Group Ltd placed an order for 30 freight locomotives of a brand new design, giving even greater hauling capacity and a significant improvement in fuel economy than currently seen on the UK network. Project Genesis, which is being developed in partnership with General Electric (GE), will bring new…