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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’?


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.


Responding to innovation for future success

10 August 2017 | By

Philippe Citroën, Director General of UNIFE – the Association of the European Rail Industry – discusses recent developments within the sector and considers the impact passenger demand will have on operations in the future.


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…


Bogies & Wheelsets In-Depth Focus 2017

28 July 2017 | By

As the railway sector moves forward with digitalisation, there is a greater need than ever to utilise innovative solutions to help improve the lifecycle of bogies and wheelsets by monitoring their performance in real-time. The result will be more reliable, durable and eco-friendly bogies and wheelsets…