White Paper charts rail future

first_imgON SEPTEMBER 12 the European Commission published a White Paper on Transport. European Transport Policy for 2010 – Time to Decide includes 60 measures in an Action Plan, with a mid-term review in 2005. Described as ’the first practical contribution to the sustainable development strategy adopted by the Glast_img

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Curve lubricants

first_imgA high performance lubricant to prevent track and wheel flange wear on curves has been developed by ITW Polymers & Fluids. Rocol Rail Curve Grease contains graphite dispersed in highly refined mineral oil, with a lithium thickener. It is non-flammable, and offers a working temperature range of -10°C to 150°C. It can be applied by most trackside lubricators.ITW Polymers & Fluids, AustraliaReader Enquiry Number 138last_img

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Policy divide clouds the future of European freight

first_imgPOLICYMAKERS, operators and shippers met in Ljubljana at the end of May to debate the future of rail freight in Europe. The occasion was a seminar organised by the International Railway Congress Association entitled Rail Freight Business in a New Century (p399). The event saw important policy differences emerge in public. Topping the agenda of controversial topics were the European Commission’s policy of liberalisation and the cost of interoperability and ERTMS/ETCS.In a forthright presentation, Jean-Arnold Vinois, Head of the Rail Transport & Interoperability Unit in the European Commission’s DG TREN, called for help ’to create the railways of a new continent’. Noting that rail had been ’a major tool to divide Europe’ in the past, he said that the Commission was keen to ensure that the railways will serve the enlarged European Union, but warned that they ’started from a very nationalistic position’ and that it was essential ’to breach national monopolies’. Attacking the attitude of national operators, he said they had been ’acting against the spirit of the Community’. ’What happens on the railways is exactly the opposite – that is what we want to change’, he continued, drawing attention to a proposal by DB Chairman Hartmut Mehdorn that German experts should develop rail freight across Europe while the French assumed responsibility for high speed passenger services.Warning that ’safety rules should not be used as an entry barrier’ for new operators, Vinois outlined his view of the remit of the nascent European Rail Agency, which he said would start work in early 2005. Still uncertain is the relationship between the ERA and the International Union of Railways, which until recently has been the guardian of international technical standards in much of Europe.Noting that the Second Railway Package had been in force since April 30 2004, Vinois told delegates that ’we are suing at least nine member states for non-application of the First Railway Package’ at the European Court of Justice, adding that there were ’six or seven cases’ about state aid to railways with the Commission. Despite this, he felt that ’things are moving now’ and freight ’is coming back’ to rail in some member states.Touching on interoperability, Vinois said that the Commission was preparing a ’European deployment plan for Ertms’. However, much concern remains among operators about how, or even if, it can be funded – one fear is that funds earmarked for other projects will be raided to pay for Ertms.Klaus-J Meyer of the European Rail Freight Association representing private operators considered that ’interoperability is very, very expensive’ and could take the cost of a locomotive from €3m to €4m. He believed that it was ’absolutely vital’ to find simple methods to achieve interoperability. ’Often it is co-operation’, he suggested, ’perhaps with different partners and different locos – we need simple solutions that are low-cost.’last_img read more

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Tunnel bids invited

first_imgEXPRESSIONS of Interest have been called for design teams to undertake engineering services on the proposed Trans-Hudson Express tunnel. New Jersey Transit hopes to have preliminary engineering completed during 2007, with the aim of having the link ready for revenue service in 2015. The winning bidder may also be invited to undertake further design and construction management work as the project progresses.The Draft Environmental Impact Statement was issued to interested parties in January. The centrepiece of the plan is a pair of single-track tunnels beneath the Hudson River, south of the existing Amtrak tubes. These would lead to both New York’s Penn Station and a new eight-platform terminal at 34th Street & 7th Avenue, providing interchange to nearby subway and commuter rail routes. Together with four-tracking of the existing Northeast Corridor between Secaucus Transfer and the portals, this would double passenger rail capacity between New Jersey and central Manhattan. Related works include connections from NJ Transit’s Main/Bergen and Passaic Valley lines to the Northeast Corridor at Secaucus, and a new 25-train stabling yard in Kearney.last_img read more

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Nomad to supply inter-city wi-fi

first_imgNETHERLANDS: Train operator NS has awarded an initial five year contract to Nomad Digital and T-Mobile for the installation of 3G broadband services on its services.Under what the supplier describes as one of its largest transport awards, Nomad Digital will deploy its R3500 mobile broadband gateway on 187 inter-city trains to provide connectivity to multiple 3G networks. The contract includes an option for a further five years, covering installation on up to 365 trainsets.NS will use the equipment to provide wireless internet coverage on its NS Intercity services, offered free of charge to passengers at the outset to stimulate usage. It will also allow NS to give real-time running information, details of connections and automated announcements. The service is expected to be launched in March 2010.last_img read more

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World rolling stock market December 2012

first_imgBangladesh: Using Indian credit, Rites is to supply 10 broad and 16 metre gauge locomotives to BR in 2013. Belarus: BC has awarded CZ Loko a €20m contract to supply 20 two-axle shunting locomotives. The TME3 will be a 1 520 mm gauge version of CZ Loko’s Effishunter, with a 400 kW Caterpillar C15 Acert engine and Siemens alternator. Deliveries were scheduled to start last month and run to 2014. Final assembly is to be undertaken at BC’s Lida workshop. Brazil: CBTU has awarded the Frota BH consortium of Alstom and CAF an R$172m contract to supply 10 four-car 90 km/h EMUs for the Belo Horizonte commuter network. Each 3 kV DC unit will be able to accommodate up to 1300 passengers. Trensurb of Porto Alegre has awarded the Frota POA consortium of Alstom and CAF an R$243·76m contract to supply 15 four-car EMUs. Deliveries are due to start in 2014 with CAF responsible for supplying bogies. Randon is developing a prototype five-section articulated double-stack container wagon for MRS Logística. Due to be completed in early 2013, it is expected to be deployed on intermodal services to the port of Santos following the delivery of new Stadler rack locomotives. Canada: Pickersgill-Kaye is to supply more than 2 000 emergency alarm handles for Rocket metro cars Bombardier is building for Toronto. Estonia: Tallinn transport authority TLT has selected CAF to supply 15 low-floor trams for Line 4 at a cost of €44·3m, with an option for a further 15. The order is to be funded through the sale of carbon credits. France: STIF has exercised a €127m option for Alstom to supply 14 more MP05 six-car rubber tyred trainsets for Paris metro Line 14 in 2014-15. They are required for a 5·8 km northern extension to Mairie de Saint-Ouen scheduled to open in 2017. Germany: DB Netz has ordered five emergency rail cranes from Kirov at a cost of €60m. Tatravagonka will provide bogies and Gföllner the superstructures. The three 160 tonne and two 100 tonne cranes are to be delivered over the next six years to replace existing cranes dating from the 1970s. Poland: To replace 14WE units, SKM Warszawa has ordered three Newag 35WE six-car EMUs for 100m złoty, an option on a contract for six leased from ING Lease. Zastal has signed a framework agreement to supply Greenbrier Europe Wagony widnica with wagon components. Pomorskie voivodship has bought three EN57 EMUs from PR for 5·6m złoty, enabling it to fund their refurbishment. Russia: A letter of intent for RZD to order 675 electric freight locomotives from the Ural Locomotives joint venture of Sinara and Siemens was signed on November 16. Firm orders are to be agreed and contracts signed no later than 2014, with deliveries expected in 2016-20. Kazan Metro has ordered three three-car trainsets from Metovagonmash. South Africa: Transnet Rail Engineering’s Germiston plant has delivered 50 tank wagons ordered by Transnet Pipelines to carry fuel to Botswana. Sudan: CSR Ziyang has won a contract to supply a long-distance DMU with two motor and four trailer cars. Scheduled for delivery in August 2013, the 1067 mm gauge unit will have a capacity of 284 passengers and be suitable for 100 km/h running in a harsh environment. Sweden: EuroMaint’s Notviken workshop is refurbishing 55 coaches for SJ under a project running to early 2014. The contract is an option on a deal for the refurbishment of 160 coaches in 2009-11. Ukraine: UZ has applied for EBRD financing for a US$125m project to acquire general purpose wagons. Procurement is expected to begin this month. USA: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has awarded Alstom contracts totalling €170m to modernise 86 LRVs used on Boston’s Green Line and refurbish 74 double-deck commuter coaches.last_img read more

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NewRail introduces Rail Freight & Logistics course

first_imgUK: Following surveys undertaken under the EU-funded RiFLE project, NewRail, the railway research centre at the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has identified a looming skills gap in the rail freight and logistics market as the range of specialist academic courses fails to keep pace with recruitment levels in the sector.NewRail has responded by introducing a ‘modern, research-based Master’s degree course’ in Rail Freight & Logistics. The course is structured to include ‘research-based teaching activities including independent project studies, team assignments, interactive lectures and seminars’. The course aims to develop the student’s ability to initiate and carry out advanced performance systems analysis and research projects to solve managerial, operational and engineering-related problems in rail freight and logistics. Specifically, the course will equip graduates with the skills and qualifications necessary to pursue a management, operational and/or engineering career in the field. In addition, NewRail says that future railway planners and managers will be provided with the opportunity to view rail freight and logistics together from a wider perspective, ‘allowing them to appreciate the increasing importance of relevant policy, practices, methods and systems from both national and international perspectives’.last_img read more

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Knorr-Bremse opens Brazilian factory

first_imgBRAZIL: Knorr-Bremse formally opened a €40m development, manufacturing and sales facility in Itupeva on April 17. Housed in new buildings covering more than 32 000 m2, the plant has 30% greater capacity than the site 80 km away in São Paulo which it replaces.Knorr-Bremse said ‘the most up-to-date plant in the entire group’ meets its highest standards for process organisation, efficiency, logistics and quality. Under a ‘lean conversion’ project the materials supply process has been has been enhanced, while manufacturing and assembly have been modified to shorten through-put times. Around 70% of the plant’s output is for the commercial vehicles sector, but it also produces brake controls, bogie equipment and on-board systems for the rail market. ‘This factory is part of a far-reaching investment programme being carried out by the Knorr-Bremse Group with the aim of modernising its global development and production network’, said Heinz Hermann Thiele, owner and supervisory board Chairman of Knorr-Bremse Group. ‘Customers stand to benefit from the in-creased efficiency of these new production facilities thanks to their greater flexibility and improved delivery capacity.’last_img read more

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Metrolinx orders Tier 4 MotivePower locomotives

first_imgCANADA: Greater Toronto transport authority Metrolinx has signed a US$63m contract for MotivePower to supply 10 diesel-electric locomotives for use on commuter services from 2016.Each locomotive is to be fitted with two engines meeting Tier 4 emissions standards, providing redundancy of major systems and the option to save fuel by using a single engine when hauling shorter trains. They will feature MotivePower’s Central Diagnostic System, which provides remote diagnostic and monitoring capabilities. The locomotives are to be assembled at MotivePower’s factory in Boise, Idaho, with other Wabtec companies supplying control systems, event recorders, brake shoes, aftercoolers and radiators. The contract announced on October 8 follows on from an August 2012 order for MotivePower to repower 11 Metrolinx MPXpress locomotives using two Cummins QSK60 engines in the same configuration.last_img read more

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