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Issue 6 2021

 

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Next generation train control ‘Made in Germany’

11 February 2022 | By

Dan Woywod, Head of Railway Technology at the German Railway Industry Association (VDB), shares his insights into how Germany’s use of ATO with ETCS will optimise both urban mobility and regional operations, as the country strives to digitalise its entire rail network by 2035.

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The TRANSIT project: Innovation towards train pass‑by noise source characterisation and separation tools

9 February 2022 | By , , , , , , , ,

Railway transport produces less CO2 and consumes less energy than road and air transport modes; it also requires less space than road transport. However, noise and vibration (N&V) levels in the vicinity of railways are a major environmental challenge for the railway sector. In addition, a competitive railway transport system…

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Noise and vibration work in the FINE-2 project

7 February 2022 | By

Scott Heath, Coordinator of the FINE-2 project, details the project’s work around rail sector noise and vibration, and how its dedicated work packages, in conjunction with TRANSIT and SILVARSTAR, are seeking to comprehend, in fine detail, the sound generated outside of the train.

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Rail freight: An ally of the environment

2 December 2021 | By

Samuel Nevado, Head of the Logistics and Vehicle Distribution Division at Transfesa Logistics, writes about the key role that rail freight has to play in creating an emission-free supply chain, bringing truly sustainable intermodality.

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What does biodiversity have to do with the railways?

1 December 2021 | By ,

While most people working in rail do not consider wildlife to be a traditional area of expertise, that perception is changing. There is an increasing understanding of the rapid loss of global biodiversity and increasing understanding of responsibility, obligation and opportunity for railways to help halt the loss. Colleagues Pınar Yılmazer and…

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In-Depth Focus: The Future of Train Control

29 November 2021 | By

This In-Depth Focus gives industry experts from Russian Railways, ÖBB and the German Railway Industry Association (VDB) the opportunity to explore technologies for autonomous railway management, the tokenisation of train control/train management, and how Germany’s use of ATO with ETCS will optimise the country’s rail network.

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In-Depth Focus: Noise & Vibrations

25 November 2021 | By

In this In-Depth Focus, industry experts examine three projects – SILVARSTAR, TRANSIT and FINE-2 – and how they are playing a part to understand the complex challenges around noise and vibration of railways and what can be done to reduce nuisance.