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Issue 3 2017

Issue #3 2017 – Digital version

Issue 3 2017 / 11 May 2017 / European Railway Review

Featuring exclusive articles on High-Speed, Sustainability, Digitalisation, Track Systems and Infrastructure, Level Crossing Strategy and the latest rail developments in Germany, Sweden and South Africa…

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Level Crossing Safety In-Depth Focus 2017

Issue 3 2017 / 11 May 2017 / European Railway Review

In this in-depth focus: …the risks don’t stand still; Safety measures at level crossings in Ireland, Portugal and Austria; and a roundtable with industry experts.

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Track Systems & Infrastructure In-Depth Focus 2017

Issue 3 2017 / 11 May 2017 / European Railway Review

In this in-depth focus: Condition Based Maintenance during revenue operations; Smart Investments; Digital & geoinformation technology; use of high-strength steel; and a roundtable with industry experts…

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Rail industry’s export strength begins at home…

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Ben Möbius, Managing Director, German Rail Industry Association (VDB)

“Railways are the greatest productive act there has ever been, not just in the 19th century but throughout history”. This insight from German sociologist and national economist Werner Sombart (1863-1941) has rarely been more relevant than it is today. The current digitalisation of rail transport represents not only a fundamental innovative leap, but also promises the most climate-friendly, customer-friendly and economical means of mobility there has ever been.

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Seizing the opportunities of digitalisation

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Manuel Gerres, Deutsche Bahn

Digitalisation has long been making inroads into all business segments at Deutsche Bahn (DB)1. The DB Group is tackling a range of cutting-edge fields, including digital customer platforms, Work 4.0 and automatic train operation. Manuel Gerres, who is responsible for new digital business models at Deutsche Bahn, explains the opportunities of digitalisation and what role having the right partners plays.

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25 years of high-speed rail in Spain: a beacon of international reference

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association

Pedro Fortea, Director of Mafex – the Spanish Railway Association, explains how Spain’s extensive experience and continued developments with high-speed rail make the country a worldwide reference model.

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New investment highs in existing Swedish rail infrastructure

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Björn Westerberg, CEO of ASTOC – the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies

The increase of rail transport in Sweden has been positive for a long time on an aggregate level and the development has been the strongest in passenger traffic. Since the early-1990s train travel has doubled whereas the corresponding rate of increase in car travellers has been 10-15%. Railway infrastructure developments and investments in new traffic systems have been decisive factors in this growth. Maintenance and re investments, however, have not kept pace with traffic trends and the shortcomings in the rail system are becoming increasingly apparent. Björn Westerberg, CEO of ASTOC – the Association of Swedish Train Operating Companies – details current work and future plans for Sweden’s rail investments.

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Jernhusen’s lighting success at Västerås

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Michael Rönnefjäll, Jernhusen’s Infrastructure Manager

Jernhusen owns, develops and manages properties, stations, depots and other buildings attached to the railway network in Sweden. But the government-run organisation is about much more than buildings. Jernhusen aims to make it easier to use public transport and to transport goods by rail. It also focusses on creating new life in station areas so that more people can live, work and make easy use of public transport. European Railway Review interviewed Michael Rönnefjäll, Jernhusen’s Infrastructure Manager, to find out more.

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Revolutionising rail in South Africa

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / The Department of Transport South Africa

The South African Government – through its National Department of Transport – has initiated an ambitious programme to modernise the country’s aged passenger railway system. This journey of investment and modernisation is well underway and the fruits are now visible. This article for European Railway Review explains the progress that has been made to date.

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The Swiss approach to traffic management optimisation

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Yves Zischek, SBB’s General Programme Manager of SmartRail 4.0

SBB is banking on its own innovative capabilities to ensure its rail services on Europe’s busiest network are safe, re liable and punctual. In this article for European Railway Review Yves Zischek, SBB’s General Programme Manager of SmartRail 4.0, explains that it has set standards with its assignment and control systems – and intends to continue doing so in the future.

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Transport and greenhouse gas emissions: challenges for 2030

Issue 3 2017 / 10 May 2017 / Libor Lochman, Executive Director & Ethem Pekin, Senior Environmental Economist, CER

As the world’s population continues to rise at an unprecedented rate, so too does industry and the resultant need to move both people and goods. Progressive climate change as a consequence of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is a problem we are facing on a global scale – and it is not going away any time soon. The CER’s Libor Lochman, Executive Director, and Ethem Pekin, Senior Environmental Economist, explain the EU’s efforts toward countering this problem and highlight the greater effort needed in the cause.

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