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Winter Operations

 

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Preparing for winter: What do Network Rail do?

8 March 2021 | By

Dr Sam Bemment, Technical and Innovation Manager at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explores how Great Britain’s railway copes with the challenges that harsh winter weather can bring and what innovations can be developed to minimise disruption to the rail network in the future.

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Keeping Scotland moving, whatever the weather

5 March 2021 | By

When winter weather threatens disruption to rail services, networks need to pull together to keep everyone moving safely. For Global Railway Review, David Simpson, ScotRail’s Operations Director, shares some of the planning, preparation and response work by the dedicated partnership, Scotland’s Railway, to achieve just that.

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Ensuring that rolling stock are freeze-free all winter long

10 December 2020 | By

When winter temperatures dip below freezing, passenger trains with potable water-bearing systems for on-board kitchen galleys and sanitary systems are in danger of freezing when the train heat is turned off for switching locomotives or even during brief layovers. If not properly protected, a freeze up can result in burst…

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In-Depth Focus: Winter Preparedness

10 December 2020 | By

When harsh winter weather threatens major disruption to rail services, infrastructure managers and train operating companies must pull together to keep rail networks moving safely. The authors in this In-Depth Focus share the benefits of robust planning strategies and the importance of being prepared to deal with the challenges that…

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Global Railway Review Issue 6 2020

9 December 2020 | By

In this issue, we feature articles from industry experts on a vast range of topics including: Transforming Australia’s freight network; HS2: Continuing to innovate to drive the workforce skills agenda; Making switch machines intelligent plus our 'On-Board Connectivity' and 'Winter Preparedness' In-Depth Focuses.

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Keeping trains moving in extreme cold conditions

12 May 2020 | By

In recent years, two polar vortex systems have battered the United States’ Midwest region, with temperatures falling to -30˚C in Chicago and -37˚C in North Dakota – colder than parts of Antarctica. But, despite these severe weather environments, Norfolk Southern Railway Company managed to keep trains moving thanks to detailed…

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Tackling the unpredictability of winter weather

11 May 2020 | By

In Finland, winter is the longest season and can last several months. The Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency (FTIA) is responsible for maintaining and developing the country’s railway network, whatever the weather, and in an interview with Global Railway Review, FTIA’s Railway Director, Markku Nummelin, explains the new solutions currently being…

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In-Depth Focus: Winter Operations

18 February 2020 | By

Keeping railway networks operational and safeguarding rolling stock from damage and impairment is crucial during harsh winter weather. Read on to find out how advanced planning can help predict and prepare for bad weather, and how strong teamwork between colleagues and different stakeholders goes a long way when battling winter…