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Issue 4 2017

 

Door testing under arctic conditions

11 August 2017 | By

Doors and movable door steps are perceived as the most failure-prone systems in rail vehicles. Here Gabriel Haller, Technical Director and Executive Manager of Rail Tec Arsenal, explains the importance of testing these components – especially under winter conditions – to ensure all-round reliability of rail vehicles, which in turn…

New horizons for train location and signalling

11 August 2017 | By , , , ,

Despite the many great advancements that have taken place in railway signalling systems, some concerns still exist – notably regarding SIL 4 (Safety Integrity Level) train locationing. Giuseppe Fazio, Mauro Giaconi, Salvatore Vetruccio, Matteo Telesca and Alessandro Giuliani from the Italian rail community highlight the main issues related to current…

The value in satisfying the passenger

11 August 2017 | By ,

With growing rail passenger numbers across Europe, Libor Lochman, Executive Director and Ilja Lorenzo Volpi, Head of Policy at the Community of European Railway and Infrastructure Companies (CER) both explore what the organisation’s members should do to ensure passengers are satisfied and how important, really, is the ‘passenger experience’?

KTX: South Korea’s high-speed network goes from strength to strength

10 August 2017 | By

KTX – South Korea’s high-speed train service – has doubled its number of daily passengers since launching 13 years ago. Here, Juhyung Lee, Senior Advisor at the UIC and Secondee from Korail (the Korea Railroad Corporation), explores the different operational elements of the high-speed service and how its continued development…

First FLIRT4s – brought to you by BLS

10 August 2017 | By

Spacious, speedy and economical, 58 of Stadler Rail’s newest generation EMUs will debut on Switzerland’s largest regional railway and capital costs are much lower than expected. Edgar Schenk, Rolling Stock Project Manager at BLS, explains more about the rolling stock order placed and the key features of the trains.

Big data in railway operations and maintenance

10 August 2017 | By

Railway systems have complex technologies, with a wide range of human actors, organisations and technical solutions. To control such complexity, a viable solution is to apply intelligent computerised systems. Here Professors Diego Galar, Uday Kumar and Ramin Karim from Luleå University of Technology, Sweden, explain the possibilities of big data…

Infrastructure In-Depth Focus 2017

31 July 2017 | By

The complex infrastructure that allows passengers to get from a to b must perform efficiently and safely. Consequently, developing networks, allocating capacity, constructing new high-speed lines and moving towards predictive maintenance are all crucial pieces of the puzzle…

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