Topic: Rail infrastructure

New switch positioning system on Dutch tracks

In the Netherlands, hundreds of new switches are installed every year. They are positioned on the basis of measurements, mental arithmetic and the placement of a distance measuring gauge. Consequently, the chance of errors is...Read more
|Comment|author: Paul van den Bogaard
Double-decker train of Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), source: TU Delft

Slower trains do not reduce vibrations

The lower speed of passenger trains does not reduce the vibrations near level crossings. This was concluded by Dutch rail infrastructure manager ProRail and national railway operator NS after three-month tests in the province of...Read more
|1 comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Elecrtrified railway in Latvia, source: Latvijas dzelzceļš

Latvia cancels electrification of railways

Latvian national railway company Latvijas Dzelzceļš (LDz) has cancelled its planned and ongoing projects to electrify the country’s railway network valued at 441 million euros. At the same time, LDz requires the financial bailout from...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Track replacement in the Netherlands, source: ProRail

Transformation of ProRail: what does it mean?

“Since ProRail is functioning so well, why would you want to alter it?”. And so began a talk by Deputy Secretary-General Jan Hendrik Dronkers from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management on the transformation...Read more
|Comment|author: Paul van den Bogaard

Coronavirus impact on railways: 19 March

RailTech continues to inform about the impact of coronavirus on the rail sector in Europe. Below you can find some highlights of Thursday, 19 March. Earlier, we have published similar updates on Wednesday, 18 March,...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
SBB links major cities with four-track railways

Four-track railways to link Swiss major cities

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB) is constructing or planning to construct the new tunnels. They will allow the company to increase the capacity of its railway network and to create the four-track corridors between major cities...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Railways need reimbursement agreements (column)

The Track Access Charges (TACs) are one of the most significant financial sources for infrastructure managers. However, they are not applicable to recovering the infrastructure investments costs. But, in some cases, they can be a...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Chinese giant takes over British Steel

Chinese leading steelmaker Jingye Group has finalised the acquisition of British Steel, the largest rail producer in the United Kingdom. The new owner plans to invest 1.2 billion British pounds (around 1.4 billion euros) and...Read more
|1 comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Railway tracks near Braşov

Alstom deploys ERTMS on major railway in Romania

Asocierea RailWorks, the consortium of Alstom and three Romanian companies, will rehabilitate two sections of Line 300 with a total length of 170 kilometres. This railway is vital for Romania, it connects Bucharest to several...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Internet of Things for safer railways

Dutch technology company Dual Inventive will get an Internet of Things (IoT) network. It will be provided by Vodafone Business in the next five years. Dual Inventive, in its turn, will use the IoT network...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Four-track railway between Vienna and Linz, source: Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB)

Austria expands four-track network

The increase in train traffic is forcing the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) to improve the existing infrastructure. Among the solutions is the construction of the four-track mainlines. There are two high-capacity railways on the country’s...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
The preparatory works for demolishing the Bille bridge in Hamburg

Three bridges to be replaced on Hamburg S-Bahn

Deutsche Bahn (DB) plans to demolish three old railway bridges on the Hamburg S-Bahn network. The new installation will be constructed instead of the Bille bridge by the mid-March, while the new facilities will replace...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko