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An introduction to validation challenges

31 January 2017 | By Salvatore Vetruccio, Assessor – CCS On-Board Department at Italcertifer

Testing and validating an on-board ‘European Vital Computer’ (EVC) requires a specific test-environment with the ability to simulate all the stimulus, signalling and interfaces with which an EVC can exchange information. The European Union Agency for Railways has listed and publicly disseminated the performance requirements and guidelines to be utilised…

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Rolling Stock Developments Supplement

2 October 2015 | By

Bombardier presents their Wheel/Rail-Interface Study, Trenitalia’s Technical Director Marco Caposciutti showcases the Frecciarossa 1000, plus there’s an update on the Roll2Rail project and a look at a double-deck train concept for rapid inter-regional transporation...

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Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity lines

6 August 2015 | By Michele Mario Elia, CEO of Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS Italiane)

The Naples–Bari and Palermo–Catania–Messina high-speed/high-capacity (HS/HC) itineraries are among the main works included in the so-called ‘Unlock-Italy’ Law no. 164 of 11 November 2014. The Italian government aims to give the country a strong sign of recovery in both the economy and employment – commencing in the South – through…

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Exporting Italian railway know-how and expertise around the world

5 August 2014 | By Matteo Triglia, Managing Director of Italferr

Drawing up plans and designs, calling for tenders and performing works management, supervision and project management functions in respect of all kinds of infrastructure investments in Italy and worldwide are the major areas of operation in which Italferr, the engineering company within the FS Italiane Group, has been engaged since…

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Germany: NETINERA to start four new routes in 2014

11 April 2014 | By Jost Knebel, CEO, NETINERA Deutschland GmbH

NETINERA is one of the largest private regional rail operators in Germany. Before 2011 it belonged to the British Arriva plc company until it was acquired by a financial consortium of the Italian national railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FS) and the French-Luxembourgian infrastructure company, Cube Infrastructure. In 2014,…

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Healthy tracks mean healthy operations

1 August 2013 | By Michele Mario Elia, CEO, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI)

Railway diagnostics – in other words a set of activities used to detect the ‘health conditions’ of rail infrastructure – is today an irreplaceable tool to optimise the maintenance of railway networks. It is a crucial area for railway network providers because it guarantees operating safety, prevents failures and directs…

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Building on success: the liberalised and competitive Italian railway market

1 August 2012 | By Vincenzo Soprano, Chief Executive Officer, Trenitalia SpA

The European railway industry has radically changed over recent years following the introduction of high speed networks which have revolutionised society. Italy was the first country in Europe to launch the railway market liberalisation process by opening up to competitors. In just a few years, the economy of the sector…