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Issue 2 2010



EBA in a liberalised railway market

5 April 2010 | By Ralf Schweinsberg, Vice-President, Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (EBA)

With the German Railway Reform in 1994, the sovereign functions were transferred from the former state railways Deutsche Bundesbahn and Deutsche Reichsbahn to the Eisenbahn-Bundesamt (EBA). These comprise primarily the issuing of approvals and the supervisory function. The approval function of the EBA encompasses the authorisation of technical products and…


Fresh challenges for German railways in the new decade

5 April 2010 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

The economic recession has had a big impact on Germany’s railways – but restructuring of the industry is continuing, albeit at a slower pace. The 2008 credit crunch had a severe effect on manufacturing across Europe, with automobile assembly and construction hard hit. This had knock-on effects on the railways:…


The VDV and its important work as a railway partner

5 April 2010 | By Martin Henke

The Verband Deutscher Verkehrsunternehmen (Association of German Transport Companies (VDV)) with approximately 550 ordinary members and more than 50 extraordinary members is the established address for many institutions in politics and administration, trade and industry, research and training for questions of public transport and rail freight traffic in Germany. Thus,…


Highlighting Iberian high-speed railway progress

5 April 2010 | By Craig Waters, Editor, Global Railway Review

The Iberian region represents one of the most exciting opportunities for development and business opportunities, with considerable investment in both infrastructure and rolling stock alike. With this in mind, Global Railway Review organised Iberian Rail Development 2010 which took place on 16-17 February 2010 in Madrid, Spain.


Major projects keep Turkey on track

5 April 2010 | By Süleyman Karaman, Director General and Chairman of the Board, Turkish State Railways

TCDD, Turkish State Railways, is forging ahead with high-speed projects and other infrastructure developments to ensure they continue to provide effective, efficient and up-to-date passenger transportation for their country.


Re-engineering Greek railways

5 April 2010 | By Erifyli Gallis, General Director, TRAINOSE S.A

TRAINOSE S.A. was founded in 2005, initially as a subsidiary of OSE S.A., but became independent of the OSE Group in 2009. Its operational and organisational split from the Hellenic Railways Holding Organisation was part of its initiated restructuring programme to fortify Greece’s railway business and consumer offering in the…


Route management and route maintenance

5 April 2010 | By Werner Baltram, Head of Route and Railway Station Management Division, ÖBB- Infrastruktur AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG was established in October 2009 following the merger of ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG and ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG. Since the restructuring of ÖBB in the year 2005, both of these companies were operational subsidiaries under ÖBB-Holding. The interfaces between the two infrastructure companies, however, were too versatile. There were many…


Highly elastic tracks for ballast-type permanent ways

5 April 2010 | By Winfired Bösterling, Head of System Technology and in charge of Technical Sales, Development and Engineering, Vossloh Fastening Systems GmbH

The speed of today’s trains and the number of different regional specifications are factors posing stiffer challenges on modern track construction. Vossloh Fastening Systems is addressing these trends by developing new rail fastening systems for ballast-type tracks.


Real-time clearance analysis via mobile laser scanning

5 April 2010 | By Marius Schäuble, Product Manager and Project Leader, Amberg Technologies AG

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is responsible for the entire public transportation network of New York City. The largest in North America, MTA’s rail infrastructure is impressive, with 8.5 million passengers per day, operation of 8,934 railway cars and 734 stations, 3,310 kilometres of track and the budget in 2008…


FACILITIES SERVICES: expert for maintenance and renewal

5 April 2010 | By Arnold Schiefer, Member of the Executive Board, ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Following the merger of the two companies ÖBB-Infrastruktur Bau AG and ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG into ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG on 3 October 2009, the two divisions Construction and Maintenance and INFRA.service were also consolidated with effect from 1 January 2010 (see Figure 1).


TRACKELAST RPU – the ideal material for noise and vibration reduction

5 April 2010 | By Edilon Sedra

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The development of high-speed railways in China and its impact on the Chinese economy

5 April 2010 | By Dr-Ing Stephan Freudenstein, Jia Liu and JuanJuan Ren

The Chinese railway dates back approximately 130 years. The first railway line, Wu-Song, was built in 1876 in Shanghai with a length of 14.5km and a track gauge of 762mm. The first railway built by Chinese engineers is the Jingzhang-Railway (Beijing to Zhangjiakou), finished between 1905 and 1909 with a…


Constructing and launching high-speed lines in Poland

4 April 2010 | By Jan Raczyński, Director of High-Speed Lines Office, PKP Polish Railway Lines

In recent years there has been considerable growth in high-speed rail. In many countries, the development of a high-speed rail system plays a key role in economic development and it is treated as an element to improve prosperity considering the great value of public procurement and increased attractiveness of the…


Combating fare evasion brings benefits to Southern

4 April 2010 | By Mike Blaquiere, Project Manager, Southern

Train operator Southern has introduced automatic ticket gates at some of its London stations to combat fare evasion, but as Mike Blaquiere, Southern’s Project Manager explains, the company has also experienced wider benefits than merely an increase in revenue. London Underground first introduced automatic ticket gates in the 1980s. At…


Railway electrification market remains buoyant

4 April 2010 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor, Global Railway Review

Railway electrification captures the zeitgeist of the 2010s. It addresses two of the world’s central concerns at this time: oil availability and carbon emissions. So despite pressures on public finances as a result of the economic recession, railway electrification continues to prove popular in Europe. ‘Peak oil’, the point in…