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RAILSERVICES – Your partner of choice

Jul 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, July14, The Engineer

Goods and passenger volumes are on the increase, and yet fleet operators are focusing more and more on their vehicles’ operating costs. There has been further privatization of the rail market in recent years, and in many countries state-owned companies are no longer the only rail operators – which have intensified the pressure of competition. […]



Intermodal container stations – security gates

Jul 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Business, Current issue F&L, July14, The Engineer

Together with operators of (road-rail) container stations, Deutsche Bahn wants to introduce stringent security and surveillance measures for arriving and departing containers, swap containers and road semi-trailers. To achieve this, experts from different disciplines at DB International have developed a security gate. The following is a description of which tasks and functions can be realistically […]



New locomotive platform for shunting and track use

Jun 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, June14, The Engineer

ALSTOM Lokomotiven Service GmbH has further developed its successful hybrid design. With its new H3 platform, the manufacturer is developing particularly economical and flexible locomotives which cover the market for classic 3 and 4-axle locomotives up to 1000 kW and have multi-traction capability across all types. Alstom‘s new locomotive platform for shunting and track use […]



COMSA provides its rail expertise to expand the Ankara Metro

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, The Engineer

The history of the underground in Turkey began with the construction in 1875 of the so-called Tünel in Istanbul, being the second oldest underground railway in the world. In the city of Ankara, the history of the underground is newer and began with the construction of the Ankaray light rail, between 1992 and 1996. The […]



Contact wires – conductivity is of prime importance

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, The Engineer

Introduction The contact wire is a very important element of the electric overhead railway system. In order to be installed, this contact wire has to meet a complex system of conditions which impose strict requirements to the manufacturing process. For over a decade, FUX SA has been dealing with the manufacturing of overhead wires and […]



Railway infrastructure financing – an aspect with vast implications in railway transport system operation (part IV)

Feb 25th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, February14, The Engineer

5. Strategy elements of railway infrastructure modernization 1.1 The effects of the increase of maximum speed and maximum admitted tonnage as a result of investments In the following, the considerations will be focused on investment strategies in railway infrastructure through modernization works. Regarding the aim of investments, the infrastructure manager has to choose between two […]



Railway infrastructure financing – an aspect with vast implications in railway transport system operation (part III)

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Articles, Current issue F&L, January14, The Engineer

3.The influence of railway infrastructure stress on its quality Considering the parameters presented in figure 18, we can note that: Ci3<Ci2<Ci1 ,  Cf3<Cf2<Cf1 and      Pr3=Pr2=Pr1. The decrease of both quality limits due to underfinancing has negative effects on the essential requirements and especially on railway safety – as a result of the deterioration of  […]



Railway infrastructure financing – an aspect with vast implications in railway transport system operation (part II)

Dec 19th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue MT, December13, The Engineer

3.The influence of railway infrastructure stress on its quality The type of the draft, connection and buffing gears has a significant influence on the dynamic and power behaviour of a train. Transversal forces are influenced by the rigidity or the mobility of the used coupling systems. The concepts presented above are relevant especially for the […]



railpowerbox – the energy solution for future railways

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, November 13, The Engineer

The railpower box is the leading energy metering system for the railways of the future. It is a complete energy measurement solution for cross-border rail traffic that enables environmentally friendly Energy Management through clear and transparent calculation of locomotive electricity demand. Thus makes it the optimum base for energy and cost-saving measures. The specially developed […]



Sustrail: The Sustainable “Freight vehicle-Track” system

Nov 28th, 2013 | By | Category: Articles, Current Issue ID, November 13, The Engineer

A sustainable and efficient freight transport in Europe plays a vital role in having a successful and competitive economy. Freight transport is expected to grow by some 50 % (in tonne-kilometres) by 2020 when more freight and more passengers will have to travel by rail to meet Europe’s short, medium, and long-term traffic needs. In […]