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ÖBB Railjet – technology that moves

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 /

Railjet is the most modern high-speed train in ÖBB’s fleet and connects the whole of Austria with Germany, Switzerland, Hungary and the Czech Republic (and from 2018 with Italy as well) at up to 230km/h on a regular schedule. Here ÖBB’s Head of High-Speed and Long-Distance Services, Kurt Bauer, explains that passengers travel at the highest levels of comfort and can also take advantage of a new and improved Wi-Fi system including service and infotainment offerings on all Railjets equipped with Railnet.

ÖBB signs framework agreement for 200 Vectron locomotives

Rail industry news / 30 January 2017 /

Siemens has confirmed it has signed a framework contract with Austrian Railways (ÖBB) to supply up to 200 Vectron locomotives.

ÖBB signs framework agreement for 300 TALENT 3 regional trains

Rail industry news / 3 January 2017 /

On 27 December 2016, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and Bombardier Transportation signed a framework agreement covering the delivery of up to 300 TALENT 3 trains.

ÖBB and DB to expand overnight rail services

Rail industry news / 10 October 2016 /

From 11 December 2016, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) and German Railways (DB) will launch six new overnight rail services under ÖBB’s Nightjet brand.

ÖBB cityjet Desiro presented

Rail industry news / 11 November 2014 /

The Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Alois Stöger, and the CEO of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB), Christian Kern, were joined by Jochen Eickholt, CEO of the Siemens Mobility Division, in presenting the new Desiro type regional multiple-unit train for Austria at the Siemens plant in Krefeld (Germany)…

ÖBB order further nine Railjet units

Rail industry news / 4 August 2014 /

Austrian Federal Railways is ordering a further nine Railjet trains from Siemens, with delivery of the seven-car units planned for December 2016…

ÖBB presents designs for its new Desiro ML EMUs

Rail industry news / 3 September 2013 /

Doris Bures & Christian Kern presented the exterior & interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs…

Rail steel grades in track

Issue 4 2013 / 1 August 2013 /

Since 2002, track strategies at the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) have been based on life-cycle cost calculations1. These basic strategies have been adopted due to new technologies – for example the use of under sleeper pads, changing price levels, and the phenomena of rail contact fatigue2 (RCF).

The basic data for defining life-cycle cost based strategies are so-called standard elements. These standard elements are track sections with a set of defined parameters (traffic load, alignment, type of super-structure, dewatering system, sub-layers, sub-soil quality). For all relevant standard elements, working cycles have been worked out defining the demand of maintenance for the entire life-cycle and the economic service life. These cycles exist for different types of super-structure taking into account rail profile, rail steel grade, and the type of sleepers as there are concrete sleepers with under sleeper pads, conventional concrete sleepers and wooden ones (see Figure 1).

These standard elements are cross-checked with real track sections facing these parameters and with the information provided by a data warehouse showing the deterioration function of track over time based on time periods of 12 years.

ÖBB Austrian State Railways set to order the first 100 regional trains for 550 million euros

Rail industry news / 30 January 2013 /

“We have once again won out in a tendering procedure with our Desiro platform…”

Siemens to equip ÖBB Nordbahn route with ETCS

Rail industry news / 17 October 2011 /

Siemens Mobility and Logistics to equip the Nordbahn route between Vienna & Břeclav with ETCS…

ETCS for ÖBB: The beginning of a new train control era in Austria

Issue 4 2011 / 4 August 2011 /

After years of preparation and comprehensive calls for tenders from suppliers, Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) has placed all orders for the implementation of the European Train Control System (ETCS). In February 2010 the final purchase order was placed, concerning system integration. During the past two years, a company-wide programme group has been working on the implementation of ETCS in Austria. This marks the beginning of a new era in automated train control and protection for ÖBB and is simultaneously a further step towards deregulated and efficient rail traffic throughout Europe.
Harmonised standards thanks to ERTMS

Due to the many differences in the historic development of national railways in Europe, various non-compatible train control systems have emerged (see Figure1). This circumstance has impaired cross-border traffic and poses a significant operational and economic obstacle for the railways, especially with regard to the European common market. The EU has therefore been keen to standardise and deregulate train services throughout Eu

Siemens eco-friendly trains for Austria

Rail industry news / 20 April 2010 /

Siemens has reached an agreement with Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB) on the supply of up to 200 regional passenger trains over the next five years.

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