Regulatory Reform of Railways in Russia
Experts in rail regulation examine the restructuring of Russia’s vital rail sector in this report from the European Conference of Ministers of Transport, which was prepared as part of a wide programme of co-operation in regulatory reform between the OECD and the Russian government.
The focus of the report is on tariff reform and the introduction of competition to one of the world’s largest rail networks, which accounts for 80% of all freight movements in Russia. Railway performance is critical to the federation’s economic growth, and although the network has been starved of investment, it is now in the process of organisational and regulatory reform, and ECMT believes that maintaining this momentum for change will be crucial.
The 179-page report builds on the experience of other ECMT member countries, and summarises aspects of railway regulation in Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and across the European Union. The report’s conclusions are not intended as instructions for the Russian government, but instead aim to help it judge between competing objectives and to avoid mistakes made elsewhere.
ISBN 92 821 2309 X
OECD Publications, 2 rue André-Pascal, 75775 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 45 24 97 42
Design Guide for Steel Railway Bridges
by David C Iles
Funded by Corus Construction & Industrial and Network Rail, this guide from the Steel Construction Institute provides a comprehensive introduction to the design of steel and composite railway bridges.
The book is targeted at bridge designers who are new to the rail sector as well as the more experienced railway engineer, and has been produced with contributions from consulting engineers and contractors in the rail industry.
The guide covers functional requirements, design standards and the effects of fatigue and deformation, as well as addressing the railway-specific constraints imposed on designers by short track possessions and restricted site access.
ISBN 1 85942 150 4
ú75 plus postage from The Steel Construction Institute, Silwood Park, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7QN, UK
Tel: +44 1344 872775
Collectors for trains, trams and trolleys
by David Hartland
Produced to mark 150 years since the founding of the original company, this illustrated album gives the ’technical and human stories’ of the business which is currently known as Brecknell, Willis & Co.
The firm’s origins lie in a Bristol brass foundry established by Henry Brecknell in 1854, which produced castings for the hydraulic industry before branching out into supplying components for the electrification of urban tramways. As well as a history of the business, the 96 pages contain many black and white photographs with extended captions detailing examples of the company’s diverse range of products, ranging from tramway trolley poles to locomotive pantographs and current collection shoegear for the Shanghai transrapid maglev. The social history is also recorded, with photos of staff and sports teams over the years.
ISBN 1 904474 29 2
ú14·95 from Middleton Press, Easebourne Lane, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9AZ, UK
Tel: +44 1730 813169
Planner’s Guide to Automated People Movers 2004-05
by Lawrence J Fabian
This is the sixth edition of the definitive guide to the world peoplemover industry, published on behalf of peoplemover consultancy and lobby group Trans 21.
The Planner’s Guide defines an automated people mover as a transport system ’electronically smart enough to operate without drivers and station attendants’, running on segregated alignments.
Section 1 of the 138-page guide is devoted to the ’whens and wheres of APMs’, and provides an overview of their applications and benefits. The book continues with a directory of over 100 manufacturers, suppliers, and consultants. As well as established suppliers, the listings and profiles include companies which are currently developing ’advanced APM concepts’, including various forms of personal rapid transit and maglev.
$95 from Trans 21, PO Box 249, Fields Corner Station, Boston, MA 02122, USA