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Issue 6 2009



Maintaining control

12 December 2009 | By Dave Curtis, General Manager, Freightliner Maintenance Ltd (FML)

The decision by UK's Freightliner Group to set up its own maintenance division has yielded transformational improvements to business performance. Maintenance of locomotives and rolling stock is a core necessity to any successful rail operator - one that is not at the forefront of attention, but when it is not…


Major network investments will help reduce UK passenger disruption

12 December 2009 | By Craig Waters, Commissioning Editor

If a railway network is in need of track renewal, it is vitally important that the procedures are carried out to the best possible standards. Network downtime needs to be kept to an absolute minimum and it is therefore essential for infrastructure owners to invest heavily in high-tech track renewal…


Crossrail work gets underway

12 December 2009 | By James Abbott, Technical Editor

One of the biggest public transport projects in the world has started in London. Crossrail will provide welcome work at a time when other parts of the construction sector are experiencing a downturn. London is the poor relation amongst European cities when it comes to cross-city suburban rail links. While…


Security during construction for the Brenner Tunnel North Access Section

12 December 2009 | By Dirk Diederich, General Manager for Project Business, Rhomberg Bahntechnik GmbH

The North Access Section to the Brenner Tunnel is particularly important to rail transport within Europe as part of the TEN 1 - Axis Berlin-Palermo in a north-south direction and as the main east-west traffic artery in the junction with the Lower Inn rail link. Security, in particular, is a…


2009: a new stage for the French Railway Industry Association

12 December 2009 | By Jean-Pierre Audoux, Director General, French Railway Industry Association (FIF)

The environment of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF) members today has become much more complex than it was in the 80s and 90s, because France, like every European country, is currently in a long-term transition phase of its railway system. The end of the 90s marked the transition towards…


RFF – a strategic vision to battle global warming

12 December 2009 | By Sebastien Gourgouillat, Head of Sustainability and Performance, Réseau Ferré de France (RFF)

Enhancing and developing the national rail network to promote rail transport in line with the principles of sustainable development, is the objective set out in the opening lines of the Act establishing Réseau Ferré de France (RFF) in 1997.