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Issue 2 2016

 

The Gotthard Base Tunnel’s world-leading track technology

24 March 2016 | By

The Gotthard Base Tunnel in Switzerland is one of the most imposing structures ever built in the history of rail traffic – at 57km-long, it is the longest railway tunnel in the world and will be officially inaugurated in June 2016. Global player for rails and turnouts, voestalpine, has been…

Bogie Design & Developments supplement 2016

23 March 2016 | By

In our latest free-to-view Bogie Design & Developments Supplement, Volker Brundisch, Product Manager Mechatronics from Bombardier Transportation assesses axle bearings and condition monitoring for railway vehicles, plus Pedro Fortea, Director of MAFEX explains how the Spanish bogies and wheelsets market contributes to the rail industry...

Track Systems supplement 2016

23 March 2016 | By

In our latest free-to-view Track Systems & Infrastructure Supplement, Monika Heiming, Executive Director of EIM discusses how to encourage innovative infrastructure maintenance and Libor Lochman, Executive Director of CER shares a vision for the future of rail infrastructure..

Rail transportation as part of Finnish society

23 March 2016 | By Anne Berner, Minister of Transport and Communications, Finland

To ensure Finland’s competitiveness, rail transport chains between exports, imports and regions must be efficient, as should distribution, commuting and international connections. Railways play an important role but there are certain parts of the network that are defective. The state is being criticised for not paying sufficient attention to the…

Preparing for the final stages: the New Line Copenhagen–Ringsted

23 March 2016 | By Jan Schneider-Tilli, Project Director, Banedanmark

With construction work on time and on budget, the Danish high-speed link between Copenhagen and Ringsted’s next challenge is to incorporate two major national programmes: the Electrification Programme and the Signalling Programme. For Global Railway Review, Banedanmark’s Project Director, Jan Schneider-Tilli, gives an update on Denmark’s first high-speed line, which…

VR Track heads full steam towards Nordic expansion

23 March 2016 | By Jouni Kekäle – VR Track’s Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development

VR Track Oy is Finland’s biggest rail constructor, with expertise covering all aspects of railway engineering, from design to project implementation. The company employs some 1,450 expert personnel in Finland and approximately 350 people in Sweden. In an interview for Global Railway Review, Jouni Kekäle – VR Track’s Vice President…

Vital Estonian infrastructure renovation to ensure safety and quality

23 March 2016 | By Sulev Loo, Chairman of the Management Board – General Director of Estonian Railways Ltd.

On 5 November 2015 railways in Estonia celebrated their 145th anniversary. Over the course of nearly one and a half centuries, Estonia has seen various governments in power and different principles, technology and tools employed in railway construction. With some important repairs already finished, Sulev Loo, Chairman of the Management…

The CIT: legal expertise for rail transport undertakings

23 March 2016 | By Cesare Brand, Secretary General, International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)

International rail transport can be tricky – at borders, everything suddenly comes to a standstill; tickets or consignment notes cause problems, rules for carriers concerning liability and damages don’t tally, and the interface between rail and ship or road is unclear. Having international law that governs railways is just not…

A possible universal approach for risk assessments

23 March 2016 | By François Bianco, Isabella Mariani and Hanspeter Schlatter from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Signalling Department

François Bianco, Isabella Mariani and Hanspeter Schlatter from the Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) Signalling Department present their risk assessment method and suggest that a possible universal approach could be used.