Topic: Switches (turnouts)

Slovakia upgrades rack railway in High Tatras

Slovak rail infrastructure manager Železnice Slovenskej republiky (ŽSR) has started the reconstruction of the Štrbské Pleso – Štrba rack railway in the High Tatras. The works will carry out by early February 2021. Afterwards, the...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

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

Finnish Railways collects data on turnouts

VR FleetCare and the Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency have started a new pilot project. It is devoted to the closer examination of 80 railway turnouts. The obtained data will help both participants to better understand...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko

Five railway hacks to survive winter

Winter has come. In this regard, many European railway companies started to report about their preparations for fighting against heavy snows, icing and other unpleasant features of the season. Which hacks do they use in...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Vossloh-made rail frog, source: Vossloh

Vossloh sells US turnout facility to Caterpillar

German supplier of railway products Vossloh Group has sold Cleveland Track Material, its main facility focused on manufacturing the turnout systems for the North American market. The plant was purchased by Progress Rail, a subsidiary...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Thales drones, source: Thales

Thales develops drones for autonomous trains

French technology group Thales is developing a concept of special drones for Automatic Train Operation (ATO). The air vehicles will be equipped with advanced optronics, infra-red sensors and other integrating leading technologies. The drones will...Read more
|1 comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Azerbaijan rail switches, source: Azerbaijan railways

Azerbaijan updates rail switches

Azerbaijan Railways is implementing an extensive programme on a reconstruction of the Baku-Böyük Kəsik railway. The project includes modernisation of rail tracks and sleepers as well as replacing of old rail switches. 285 new rail...Read more
|Comment|author: Mykola Zasiadko
Jan van Stappen Spoorprijs ProRail

Internet of Things sensors project wins award

Two employees of Dutch infrastructure manager ProRail have won the Jan van Stappen Award for their project with Internet of Things sensors. These sensors measure the temperature of rails. This prevents switches from getting blocked...Read more
|Comment|author: Carlijn Kruidhof