Technical Solutions for the Operational Railway

Technical Solutions for the Operational Railway
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Ed. no.1 , November 2020
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    A train arriving at a station seems the most natural thing in the world. Nevertheless, this daily event requires a plethora of complex, multidimensional technical solutions to all line up so it can happen in the right place, at the right time and safely.

    When we think about railways, the image that comes to mind is that of a system of systems. Indeed, operating all the services associated with railway transport requires the combination of numerous different technologies, ranging from the rails themselves, to the trains, through to the sale and management of tickets – not forgetting the telecommunications and signalling systems in all their complexity.

    When UIC was founded in 1921, it seemed natural to entrust the definition and development of the railway system to a global association of railway companies. This led to the development of a broad-ranging suite of descriptive voluntary sector standards known as ‘UIC leaflets’.

    Right from the moment when the first leaflet was published in 1928, they quickly became the benchmark for operational solutions and have long served as the foundation on which much of the railway system of today has been designed and constructed and continues to be operated and maintained.

    The leaflets are based on a framework that allows the constraints and complexities of the railway system to be taken into account to the greatest extent possible:

    • Requirements-gathering based on market needs;

    • Development of specifications for both hardware (e.g. wagon specifi-cations, braking systems) and soft-ware (GSM-R, FRMCS, integrated ticketing, etc.), based on the opera-tional experience of the railways;

    • Involvement in projects to prepare new operational rules and stand-ards which are relevant to all areas of the world and all types of railway operation, validating the operational effectiveness of the proposed solu-tions, and facilitating accelerated implementation in the operational railway;

    • Implementation of large-scale prod-uct demonstrations;

    • Dissemination of results;

    • Operational implementation of inno-vative products.



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