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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)…
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…
Rail industry news / 3 September 2013 /
Doris Bures & Christian Kern presented the exterior & interior designs of the new additions to its fleet of EMUs…
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.
Rail industry news / 30 January 2013 /
“We have once again won out in a tendering procedure with our Desiro platform…”
Rail industry news / 17 October 2011 /
Siemens Mobility and Logistics to equip the Nordbahn route between Vienna & Břeclav with ETCS…
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
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.
ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG is a modern and customer-oriented infrastructure operator allowing the 22 railway undertakings authorised to operate in Austria access to ÖBB’s approximately 5,700km-long railway network. To this end, ÖBB’s operation control strategy plays a decisive role. ÖBB heralded a new high-tech era with the launch of the operation control centre in Innsbruck at the end of 2008.
Overview of the Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) relating to the infrastructure subsystem of the trans-European high-speed rail system.
ÖBB is on the way to renewal – and on the way to European achievement. One thing is clear to all members of the Group; ÖBB must be fit for European competition. This will require extensive work in major activities – ranging from the new main railway station of Vienna (the most important Central European transport hub of the future), to making sure they are number one on the Eastern and South-eastern European goods transport market. Some areas have already been achieved, but other areas remain incomplete.
Reorganisation of the ÖBB into a group with market orientated companies is the passport to successful participation in a liberalized rail transport market. Aiming to be among the best, ÖBB-Infrastruktur Betrieb AG is improving the quality of its existing network while intensifying the push for internationalisation to embrace the economic growth of South and South-Eastern Europe.