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Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) - Articles and news items

A new challenge for ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 on Italian conventional lines

Issue 5 2016 / 6 September 2016 /

The introduction of ERTMS/ETCS Level 2 has been one of the major technological innovations in the world of railway signalling in recent years. Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane (FSI) through Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) and Trenitalia was one of the principal developers of the system, demonstrating its feasibility and effectiveness – both in terms of performance and safety – through implementation of the system on the High Speed/High Capacity Network. Fabio Senesi, Stefano Marcoccio and Andrea Olmi (RFI S.p.A) reveal the latest challenge for the group in this article and outline their means for achieving it.

RFI installs new computer-based interlocking signalling system

Rail industry news / 16 July 2015 /

A new computer-based interlocking signalling system, designed by Alstom, has been installed by Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) at Bari Parco Nord.

Healthy tracks mean healthy operations

Issue 4 2013 / 1 August 2013 /

Railway diagnostics – in other words a set of activities used to detect the ‘health conditions’ of rail infrastructure – is today an irreplaceable tool to optimise the maintenance of railway networks. It is a crucial area for railway network providers because it guarantees operating safety, prevents failures and directs both human and technological maintenance resources where necessary in an efficient way.

For a few decades now, all major worldwide railway companies have been operating mobile diagnostics tools – from small main – tenance trolleys to trains – which monitor the line in typical operating conditions and are equipped with the latest technological systems to detect, process and analyse data on the infrastructure.

By incrementing the development of diagnostics, Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) – a company of Gruppo FS Italiane, the Italian network manager – has optimised costs and minimised resource waste by programming maintenance actions. As a matter of fact, the field of ‘on-condition’ maintenance has been enlarged, reducing cyclic maintenance to the minimum.

The Italian railway network looks to the future

Issue 4 2011 / 4 August 2011 /

My last contribution to European Railway Review was back in Issue 4 2008, when I was interviewed about the then current status and view of high-speed operations in Italy. Since then Italy has changed a great deal where infrastructure is concerned.
The Italian High-Speed/High-Capacity (HS/HC) network

Today, Italy is a more modern and better connected country. The completion of the Turin–Milan–Rome–Naples–Salerno High- Speed/High-Capacity network in 2009 triggered a far-reaching revolution in the national transport sector and gave a strong boost to the economic, cultural and social life of the country, taking Italy to the highest European levels. With its 1,000km of dedicated tracks, the HS/HC network is the most important infrastructure to be built in Italy since the end of the Second World War, and has made it possible to make the railway benefit not only customers wishing to travel more quickly for work or leisure, but also for commuter and goods traffic.