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Issue 5 2009



Arlanda Express celebrates anniversary with new major investment

26 September 2009 | By Per Thorstenson, President of Arlanda Express and CEO of A-Train AB

Arlanda Express, the Swedish high-speed train between Arlanda Airport and Stockholm City, reported its best financial results ever for 2008. The company is now investing in refurbishing its trains to increase capacity for seated passengers by at least 20%.


Tunnel construction through the Hallandsås Ridge – a world-class project

26 September 2009 | By Per Rydberg, Project Manager for the Hallandsås Ridge tunnel, Banverket

Construction of a tunnel through the Hallandsås Ridge in southwest Sweden has given rise to many emotions over the years and the project has suffered several setbacks. Yet because of, or perhaps thanks to, its history, the tunnel is now one of Sweden's most well-planned construction projects. Today, the project…


SJ meets competition and scores high with improved efficiency and new trains

26 September 2009 | By Claes Broström, Vice President of Fleet Management, Swedish Railways, SJ AB

SJ has been on quite a journey following its conversion to a limited-liability company. In 2002, SJ was an inefficient company on the verge of bankruptcy. Since then, the company has undergone tremendous change and is now market-focused. SJ has identified various customer groups and their needs and then developed…


Attention to detail: creating a modern regional train

26 September 2009 | By Claes Ulveryd, Fleet Manager, Skånetrafiken

Approximately seven years ago, Skånetrafiken began thinking of renewal and completion of its Pågatågen rolling stock. Pågatågen is the name of the regional train service in Skåne - the southernmost county of Sweden. The service is presently performed with 26 X11 EMUs, an ASEA/ABB/ADTranz/Bombardier construction from the 70s, which has…


The shortest way from the centre of Spain to the coast

26 September 2009 | By Santiago Cobo Diego, Director of the Madrid-Levante High-Speed Line, Adif

A double track of UIC European gage designed for maximum speeds of 350km/h will soon link the centre of Spain with the Mediterranean Sea and the Southeast of the Iberian Peninsula. The total length of the line is 940km - with a forecasted investment of €12.365 million - and will…


Implementing signalling & telecommunications through a PPP

26 September 2009 | By Fernando Ribeiro Vendas, Head of Signalling and Telecommunications, Engineering Department, RAVE

The de-grouping from the value chain which underlies the proposed business model for the high-speed network (HSN) project in Portugal led to a single international public tender request in the form of a PPP (public-private partnership), under the name of ‘HSN Signalling and Telecommunication Concession (HSN S&T Concession)'. The aim…


In praise of electrification

26 September 2009 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

In July the British government announced a major programme of railway electrification, taking in the Great Western main line from London to Bristol and Swansea. To many Continental European readers, it must seem astonishing that such an important artery on the British rail network is still diesel worked.


Railway development in Sweden

26 September 2009 | By Åsa Torstensson, Minister for Communications, Ministry of Enterprise, Energy & Communications, Sweden

Growth of population, urbanisation, trade and economics as well as the environmental and climatic challenges calls for sustainable and efficient transportation solutions. Development of the railway is essential to meet these demands. We have to improve efficiency, quality and maintenance of existing systems as well as invest in new infrastructure,…


Our timetable for the future

26 September 2009 | By Tilo Brandis, President and CEO, RAIL.ONE GmbH

Since March 2008, Tilo Brandis has been President and CEO of RAIL.ONE GmbH. After his studies at various universities in Europe and at Harvard Business School, Brandis began his career at HBS Consulting Partners as a Project Manager and Management Consultant...


The Bothnia Line is built for the future!

26 September 2009 | By Alf Karlsson, Head of the Infrastructure Department and Manager of the Handover Subproject, Botniabanan AB and Jan Bergman, Communications Manager, Botniabanan AB

The Bothnia line consists of 190km of new railway, with 140 bridges and 25km of tunnels. Botniabanan AB has been commissioned by the Swedish government to build the Bothnia Line, a railway running from Nyland, north of Kramfors, via Örnsköldsvik to Umeå. Ground-breaking for the project took place on 14…


The future for rail in Sweden should – and could – be bright

26 September 2009 | By Gunnar Alexandersson, Senior Policy Adviser, ASTOC

The Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies (ASTOC) acts on behalf of Sweden's train operators. It seeks to represent the interests of commercial rail traffic in its dealing with the Government and Parliament, authorities, business principals, the media and other bodies. ASTOC also assists in increasing the rail industry's know-how…


Safeguarding passengers and infrastructure

26 September 2009 | By Craig Waters, Global Railway Review

On 8 and 9 September 2009, Global Railway Review, together with its sister publication Eurotransport, welcomed leading industry personnel to Berlin, Germany, for Public Transport Security 2009 - an important conference to share knowledge and experience of providing safe and secure public transport systems.


Development process of a side bumper crash device

26 September 2009 | By Eckart Jäde, Team Leader – Technical Calculation, Voith Turbo Scharfenberg GmbH & Co. KG

Voith Turbo Scharfenberg GmbH & Co. KG (SCHAKU) is a world wide known manufacturer of couplers for rail vehicles. Beyond their traditional business, SCHAKU has become an established supplier of complete front end systems. With the introduction of the EN15227, a crash suitable design for the front end of trains…


Neopul in high-speed rail – the 350km/h journey

26 September 2009 | By Sergio Alexandre Malaghães Tormenta, Railway Electrification Department Manager, Neopul

Neopul, in conjunction with two Spanish companies, has won the contract for the project to build a new high-speed railway line in Spain between Barcelona and the French border. To this end, a joint venture has been formed in which Neopul has a 38.25% stake. The project consists of the…


The most modern fleet of high-speed trains in Europe

26 September 2009 | By

The year 2008 was the 160th anniversary of railways in Spain, which is all the more significant because now in the 21st Century, railways have clearly been modernised and this modernisation process will continue in the coming years. In accordance with the Strategic Infrastructures and Transport Planes (PEIT), prepared by…