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Record attendance at Rail-Tech 2003

01 Apr 2003

UTRECHT is the location for Rail-Tech Europe 2003, which will be held at the Royal Dutch Jaarbeurs exhibition complex from April 1 to 3. Organiser Europoint expects a record attendance at the fourth Rail-Tech event, which will be opened by Antoine Martens, Chief Operating Officer of Belgian National Railways. Tickets will cost €15 including the catalogue, produced by Railway Gazette International.

The 4th Rail-Tech International Congress will consider themes of Noise, Vibration and the Environmental Impact of railways, with particular emphasis on high speed line infrastructure and the wheel-rail interface. There will be a session on life-cycle costs. As well as the address by Martens, the opening session will include a paper on high speed developments from Siemens Transportation Systems President Hans Schabert.

The Rail-Tech Innovation Award for the best product or service development will be presented on April 2. Following the exhibition and conference there will be a technical visit to the Wildenrath Test Centre in Germany on April 4.

Siemens Transportation Systems will be displaying one of the Combino trams it is supplying to Amsterdam, on a length of track laid inside the exhibition halls. These tracks will also accommodate three overhead line installation machines being used by BAM NBM, which is part of the Infraspeed consortium responsible for mechanical and electrical systems work on HSL-Zuid. The road-rail vehicles are adapted from Mercedes Acros lorry chassis, and carry an extending platform, catenary tensioning unit and a combined crane and platform vehicle with 33 tonne hoist boom.

The Bombardier stand will feature the IRM double-deck EMUs it is building for Netherlands Railways. When the current order for extra units and cars to lengthen existing sets has been completed, the IRM fleet will total 668 vehicles. Alstom will be showing models of TGV Duplex and the Rotterdam Citadis tram.

There will be a joint stand for members of the Holland Rail Industry association, who provide a wide range of components and services. Stork RMO develops, supplies and maintains bogies and components for trains and trams; NedTrain Consulting will be promoting its experience of rolling stock life-cycle management on NS, and Railtech specialises in infrastructure and systems work.

Signal interlocking supplier Computer Products Professional Benelux will be promoting its Micro 2000 hybrid control system, which offers high speed processing in a small panel-mounted unit. Experts will discuss remote control of infrastructure, track occupation monitoring and real-time vehicle identification.

B+B Tec bv of Zevenbergen supplies stress-free structural anchoring systems, and has specialist expertise in diamond drilling machines. Thole Parkeersystemen will be demonstrating its latest range of low-maintenance level crossing barriers, which were supplied to Siemens for Rotterdam's Sneltram network.

Amongst a range of overhead line and cable innovations, Seher will be showing its Tensorex Phantom catenary tensioning device, developed in conjunction with Amsterdam tram operator GVB. This can be installed within an overhead line pole to minimise urban intrusion.

Utrecht-based P&K was certified last year as an approved supplier of catenary support arms for 1·5 kV DC and 25 kV 50 Hz electrification. The company will also be showing the new PVM magnetic device to prevent iron brake particles from short-circuiting insulated track circuit joints, developed by local contractor Volker Stevin Rail &Traffic. Station platform, tunnel and car park lighting will be featured on the Industria International stand, together with the Bscout integral control and monitoring system.

Consultant Grontmij Maunsell ICS and Ground Control Geophysik + Consulting GmbH will be introducing the 'safe rail' technique of track mapping with ground-penetrating radar, which has been used to examine several thousand track-km in five countries, flagging up areas where the ballast or sub-grade is in need of attention.

AEA Technology Rail's Netherlands subsidiary - formerly the NS technical research office - is currently working on the EU-funded InfraStar research programme into rolling contact fatigue, which is expected to conclude at the end of this year, and will have a number of early findings available for discussion.

As a spin-off from NS, Voestalpine Railpro is the major logistics supplier to the Dutch infrastructure contractors, providing products and support services for maintenance and new construction. Vossloh Rail Systems has a range of rail fastenings for concrete, wooden and steel sleepers and slab track, with sleeper anchors for lateral stabilisation.

Schwihag will be displaying a range of components for switches and crossings, including slide bases with spring clips, roller slide plates, wear-resistant coatings, low maintenance slide inserts for turnouts and grooved rail drainage.

Pfleiderer Track Systems will be showing a range of track components, including its Rheda 2000 ballastless slab track for high speed lines and the Rheda 2000 MRT derivative designed for metro, light rail and suburban applications. ALH Rail Coatings supplies rails with coatings offering high electrical insulation, vibration resistance and sound absorption.

Portec will have on show its latest range of track-mounted lubrication systems, including the traction gel applicatior and single-pump PW hydraulic lubricator. Local firm IB Kracht will be demonstrating its Ekoslide roller bearings for switch blades which eliminate the need for lubrication and maintenance.

Vortok is offering a range of components and monitoring systems for track maintenance, designed to minimise interference with operations in the new contractual possession environment.

Plasser &Theurer will be promoting its Unimat 08-475/4S universal levelling, lining and tamping machine for plain track, switches and crossings, which features three-rail lifting and four-rail tamping capability. Underfloor wheel lathe specialist Hegenscheidt-MFD will be unveiling its Mobiturn mobile lathe, which can be moved to work on vehicles in any location and does not require a pit.

Phoenix of Germany is offering a range of elastomer sub-ballast mats for minimising airborne and structural transmission of noise and vibration, plus a range of air springs for secondary suspension on rail vehicles.

Cable assemblies supplier Confecta Verbindungstechnik AG is one of several companies sharing the Swissrail Export Association stand. Swiss overhead line supplier Furrer +Frey will be promoting its range of rigid overhead contact rails, which have been installed at locations in the Netherlands and are now being tested for use at up to 160 km/h.

SoundPLAN LLC will be demonstrating its noise mapping software, which is being used by governments and consultants.

Rail-Tech 2003 is organised by

Europoint, PO Box 822, NL-3700 AVZeist, Netherlands

Tel: +31 30 6933 489

Fax: +31 30 6917 394


Railway Gazette International at Rail-Tech 2003, on stand 3A100