Issue 1 2017

Issue #1 2017 – Digital version

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / European Railway Review

Read the free-to-view digital version of the latest issue of European Railway Review magazine…

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High-Speed Rail in-depth focus 2017

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / European Railway Review

In this supplement: maintaining momentum for high-speed rail; the state of play and vision for European development; Poland’s modern Express Intercity Premium Trains; and a roundtable with industry experts…

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Digitalisation (Passenger Benefits) in-depth focus 2017

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / European Railway Review

In this supplement: digitalisation for the rail passenger; customer insight steers digital development; Heathrow Express; and transforming over a billion railway journeys…

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Driving forward to the railway system of tomorrow…

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Simon Fletcher, Coordinator Europe, UIC (the International Union of Railways)

Welcoming anything new is always an exciting and often eagerly anticipated event. The arrival of this new year should be the same, but just what can we expect and how should the railway sector rise to the challenge?

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Rail developments in Egypt and links with Northern Africa region

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Prof. Dr. Khaled Abbas, Former Dean of Egypt National Institute of Transport and Expert at PTA-RTA (Dubai)

In this article for European Railway ReviewProf. Dr. Khaled Abbas, Former Dean of Egypt National Institute of Transport and Expert at PTA-RTA (Dubai), focuses on the mainline railway developments in Egypt and how this is linked to the Northern Africa region. He describes the latest mainline railway projects in Egypt and explores the future for railway transportation in Egypt, whilst highlighting the importance of international corridors, including the Northern Africa link.

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Realising railway ambitions

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF),

Today the French railway manufacturing industry has to contend with two major challenges: sustaining a high level of activity in the rolling stock manufacturing sector and modernising the national rail infrastructure network. Jean-Pierre Audoux , Director General of the French Railway Industry Association (FIF), takes a look at the current situation and what lies ahead.

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More capacity, higher performance, better information

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Eduardo Borges Pires, Director of Infraestruturas de Portugal’s Mobility and Clients Department

The aim of Regulation (EU) No. 913/2010 of 22 September 2010 is to improve the efficiency of rail freight transportation relative to other modes of transport through the creation of nine European rail freight corridors. Here Eduardo Borges Pires, Director of Infraestruturas de Portugal’s Mobility and Clients Department, provides an overview of the current status of the Atlantic Corridor that connects Portugal, Spain, France and Germany.

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An introduction to validation challenges

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Salvatore Vetruccio, Assessor – CCS On-Board Department at Italcertifer

Testing and validating an on-board ‘European Vital Computer’ (EVC) requires a specific test-environment with the ability to simulate all the stimulus, signalling and interfaces with which an EVC can exchange information. The European Union Agency for Railways has listed and publicly disseminated the performance requirements and guidelines to be utilised when developing such a facility. This article from Salvatore Vetruccio, Assessor – CCS On-Board Department at Italcertifer outlines the company’s efforts in developing such a system and the process that led to its success.

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ÖBB Railjet – technology that moves

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Kurt Bauer, ÖBB’s Head of High-Speed and Long-Distance Services

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.

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Poland’s modern Express InterCity Premium trains

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity

PKP InterCity has invested in purchasing 20 modern high-speed Pendolino trains to improve passenger services. For European Railway Review, Marek Chraniuk, President of the Board at PKP InterCity, gives a technical overview of the new fleet as well as their on-board features specifically designed to provide passengers with a premium level of travelling comfort.

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SBB – on track towards energy efficiency

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme

Travelling by train uses four times less energy than driving a car and utilises 90% hydropower too. Swiss Federal Railways AG (SBB) already makes a major contribution to sustainable mobility – and will continue to do so in the future. However, it also remains the largest consumer of electricity in Switzerland and, due to the ongoing expansion of services, still more traction power will ultimately be needed. This article, from Oliver Johner, Head of SBB’s Energy Saving Programme, addresses the ambitious plans of the Swiss rail company to achieve greater energy efficiency.

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Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

Issue 1 2017 / 31 January 2017 / Phil Verster, Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance & Karen Boswell OBE, Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe

With passenger numbers continuing to grow rapidly across Scotland, a fleet of new trains is needed to meet demand. For European Railway Review, Phil Verster (Managing Director of the ScotRail Alliance) and Karen Boswell OBE (Managing Director of Hitachi Rail Europe) provide further details of a joint vision to transform rail in Scotland which includes a contract to deliver a fleet of new Class 385s.

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