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Issue 6 2008



Investing in Scotland’s railways

3 December 2008 | By Alasdair McNicoll, Projects Director, First ScotRail

We are fortunate in Scotland to have a Scottish Parliament that is willing to invest in Scotland’s transport infrastructure, to reconcile the often conflicting needs of both the environment and the economy. Transport Scotland’s strategy document, Scotland’s Railways, confirms the importance of rail services in supporting economic development and in…


A new process for the aluminothermic weld repair of discrete rail surface defects

3 December 2008 | By Professor Andrew McNaughton, Chief Engineer, Network Rail and Global Railway Review Editorial Board Member, Brian Whitney, Head of Rail Management, Network Rail and Ian Banton, Technical Development Manager, Thermit Welding (GB) Ltd.

Isolated rail head defects formed under traffic, detected either by visual inspection or ultrasonic flaw testing, can significantly reduce the service life of rails if not managed correctly. Surface initiated defects account for approximately 50% of all defects removed from Network Rail (NR) Infrastructure. These are predominately made up of…


Regeneration and renewal: investing in building better stations

3 December 2008 | By Robin Gisby, Director of Operations and Customer Service, Network Rail

More people are travelling by rail in Great Britain than ever before. Each day, over three million passenger journeys are made across the country, using the 2,500 mainline stations. Such is the popularity of rail at present that these figures are expected to rise by 30% in the next decade…


Making the cross from approval to reality

3 December 2008 | By Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman, CLRL

Cross London Rail Links’ proposals for the Crossrail project are well and truly on track. Douglas Oakervee, Executive Chairman of CLRL, reflects on the exciting developments over the past year and the challenging work ahead.


High Speed 1: The First Anniversary

3 December 2008 | By Paul Chapman, Managing Director, High Speed 1 (HS1)

Looking back, it has been quite a year! I remember vividly, the enormous sense of pride I, my colleagues, guests and performers felt as on 6 November 2007, Her Majesty The Queen declared St Pancras International open and that the delivery of High Speed 1 (HS1) was complete… on time…


A stronger European rail freight network

3 December 2008 | By Graham Smith, Planning Director, DB Schenker

EWS, the British rail freight operator, is soon to start trading under the name of DB Schenker. Who? DB Schenker might be a new name to the rail market in Britain, but throughout the mainland European rail network it is a major global logistics player. DB Schenker is number one…


Anticipating ongoing changes

3 December 2008 | By Jean-Pierre Audoux, Director-General, The French Railway Industry Association (FIF)

The French Railway Industry Association (FIF) is deeply rooted in the economic and social history of railways in France. Its parent organisation, the Association of Railway Equipment Manufacturers, created in 1899 on the eve of the universal exhibition in Paris where for the first time it exhibited as such, was…


SNCF Rolling Stock Division seeks to expand

3 December 2008 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

Long-distance international passenger traffic in Europe will be opened up to competition in 2010. In an interview for the Global Railway Review, Alain Bullot, Director of the SNCF Rolling Stock Division, explains how they are gearing up for the challenge.


European freight Corridors without borders

3 December 2008 | By Jean Faussurier, Head of European and International Affairs Department and Head of Strategic Affairs Department, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF)

Facilitating and encouraging the use of goods trains in Europe is one of the objectives regularly repeated by the European Commission. The situation has never been as favourable to rail transport as it is today yet it is still struggling to outclass road transport in market shares. The Corridor concept…


Boosting railway infrastructure in Bulgaria

3 December 2008 | By Anton Ginev, Director General, National Railway Infrastructure Company, Bulgaria

The task of the modernisation plan of the Railway Infrastructure of Republic of Bulgaria is to develop the advantages of the country cross-road position and its transit potential with an aim to enhance the country’s integration into the European structures and to support the sustainable development of the Southeast Europe…


High-speed set to gather pace in Poland

3 December 2008 | By Cezary Grabarczyk, Minister of Infrastructure, Poland

Although Poland is finding developing high-speed railway lines difficult, the country recognises that by having better transport infrastructure and by having easier ways to move between agglomerations, the quicker its economic development will be.


Comprehensive overhead-line inspection

3 December 2008 | By Uwe Richter, Overhead Contact Line Expert, Eurailscout

How the modern contacting and contactless inspection and analysis of overhead-line systems on normal and high-speed routes are a guarantee of safe railway operation without disturbances.


Contact-free high-speed data transmission

3 December 2008 | By Prof. Dr.-Ing. Karl Heinz Kraft, University of Applied Sciences, Department of Electrical Engineering, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

This paper deals with a solution to the problem of transmitting on-board information between railway cars connected by means of automatic couplers.


Smarter safety means smarter business

3 December 2008 | By Anson Jack, Director of Policy, Research and Risk, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB)

How RSSB’s knowledge, analysis, technical expertise and powerful information and risk management tools deliver a unique mix to the industry across a whole range of subject areas.


Neopul’s dedicated work in Ireland

3 December 2008 | By Paulo Real Oliviera, Project Manager, Neopul

Details of how Neopul is actively working on some important projects in Ireland which include the Laois Traincare Depot, the LUAS Red Cow Rail Diversion and the LUAS B1-400 extension.