Railway Equipment, Special issue for InnoTrans 2016
Processes of Driverless Shunting Operations
In June 2015, Russian Railways for the first time applied driverless shunting operations (SCSnD – cab signaling for shunting operations, driverless) at station Luzhskaia, Oktyabrskaya Railroad. The shunting locomotive was operated by a station operator through a special AWS with automatic controls undertaking all functions earlier fulfilled by the locomotive crew. SCSnD function developed by the engineers of NIIAS represents an element of limited-manned operation of Luzhskaia station and is applied for the first time on Russian railway network.
URRAN: new model of risk management
Specific approaches for assurance of reliability and safety of technical devices operation at railway transport were developed in the structure of Russian Railways. URRAN1 project serves for such target at stages of the life cycle of railway transport facilities. This is a system that supports management decisions for ensuring the safety and reliability requirements in order to reduce operating and capital costs.
Moscow Central Ring drives development in Russian capital
Passenger services on Moscow’s Central Ring (previously the Small Ring of Moscow Railway) will commence in autumn 2016. Russian Railways (RZD), in cooperation with the Government of Moscow, has been implementing this project since 2011. It promises to improve public transport and at the same time create opportunities for new business development along the perimeter of the Russian capital.
V. Savchuk, A. Polikarpov, I. Skok
Russia’s railway sector in 2015: the year in review
Rail transport is a critical element of Russia’s economy. It supports the delivery of raw materials and finished products, military equipment and socially-important freight, and provides transport for passengers in almost all regions of the country. Often, it is the only mode of transport available for moving freight and people. Inevitably the task of restoring economic growth in Russian is demanding greater efficiency and reliability from its railway network as well as high availability and quality of rolling stock.
Supporting Russian engineering export
In the current business environment, a major focus of Russia’s national industry development is to provide incentives for companies to boost their exports. The decline in the value of the ruble has created some advantages for Russian products in overseas markets, while greater export activities could help Russian manufacturers to grow in scope and influence.
Statistics of Russian Railway Industry
The statistic material was prepared by the Institute of Natural Monopolies Research (IPEM). Source: official data of Russian state authorities, Russian Railways JSC, rolling stock manufacturers. For more actual and broaden data (including regular updating) contact the IPEM specialists: +7 (495) 690-14-26, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ipem.ru
Gas-turbine locomotive on liquefied natural gas
Changeover of a considerable part of vehicles to gas fuel is one of the most important trends of the Russian's Energy Strategy1, which provides usage of natural gas as a motor fuel and develops Gas-to-liquids (GTL). As Russia's President Vladimir Putin said, the question about extension of a gas usage as a motor fuel concerns energy efficiency, transportation cost-cutting and improving the enviroment.
The world’s first gas reciprocating shunter: TEM19
With Russian Railways (RZD) aiming to replace 30% of the diesel fuel consumed by its locomotives with natural gas by 2030, development of the gas reciprocating shunting locomotive TEM19 (Fig. 1) was launched in 2013. The locomotive is designed to reduce transportation costs as well as improve traffic efficiency and mitigate railway transport’s impact on the environment. The project was a joint effort of Russian Railways (RZD) (more specifically RZD’s engineering institute VNIKTI) and engineers from Bryansk Engineering Plant (BMZ).
Technical and design features of the EG2Tv ‘Ivolga’ EMUs
Transmashholding has developed a new universal basic platform of Russian EMU trains (including urban, suburban and regional trains). First two prototypes of the product line representing urban version (EG2Tv, ‘Ivolga’) were produced in 2015 and successfully passed all acceptance and certification tests. The trains have been developed and produced by the engineers and technicians of Tver Carriage Works (TVZ, Transmashholding company). It is expected that EG2Tv production (see Fig. 1) will also take place at this plant.
Underground Cars Refurbishment for Budapest
In July 2015, Metrowagonmash (an entity of Transmashholding) was awarded a contract to overhaul 222 metro cars (37 6-car metro trains) for Budapest Metro. Under the contract, the Russian company would perform indepth refurbishment of the trains. The first renovated train was sent to Budapest in the first fortnight of May.
Locomotive diesel engines in Russia: current condition and prospects
The Russian diesel locomotive engine market is going through a major transformation. With a fleet of 16,000 units, there is annual demand for 850 engines which are provided by three main Russian suppliers. However, with increasing demand for better performing engines, these companies are entering into cooperative agreements with international partners in order to meet these needs.
Russian innovative technologies
From 2008 the Russian company INFOTRANS is a permanent participant of the exhibition InnoTrans. On this exhibition it presents its latest products and progressive projects. For the last years the company has expanded its scope of activities and passed the bounds of the «Region 1520». It has its confident position on the markets of Europe, South-East Asia and Africa.
V. Kuryanov, M. Sultanov, V. Fokin
Innovative messenger wire for an overhead contact line system
Amsted Rail makes everything under the railcar body
Amsted Rail is Amsted Industries’ Chicago-based railway manufacturing division, the key products include but are not limited to bogies and bogie components, wheels, axles, journal box bearings, draft gears, couplers, and brakes for freight wagons and locomotives. Amsted Rail’s products meet quality and safety requirements of AAR, UIC, and GOST regulations, and are customized as necessary based on technological features of 1000-1600 mm gauge railway systems and for rolling stock of 16-40 metric tons per axle loads; and may be further customized for customers’ specific transportation needs.
NIIEFA-ENERGO aims for further development of Russian Railways
For Russian Railways (RZD), the beginning of the 21st century was a period where solutions were sought for two major strategic tasks: modernization and reconstruction of its existing primary railway infrastructure and construction of new high-speed lines. Modern designers and manufacturers of innovative equipment soon emerged to meet this demand, one of which is NIIEFA-ENERGO. Today the company from St. Petersburg is Russia’s leading designer and manufacturer of modern traction equipment for main line railways and metros as well as general industrial facilities. We invite delegates of InnoTrans 2016 to visit our exhibit in Hall 15.1, stand 208.
A. Kamyshny, D. Kerentsev, R. Timakov
Developing and Mastering Wheels for High-Speed EM U “Lastochka”
Growing fleet utilization and rail service operating speeds are placing increasing strain on Russian Railway's (RZD) rolling stock. To meet these demands, RZD decided to modernise and renew its commuter fleet by replacing ageing trains with reliable EMUs which satisfy modern transport requirements.
A. Kireev, N. Kozhemyaka, S. Sudakov
Innovative electric traction system offers major benefits for railways
Reducing the life cycle costs of railway transport, which in turn will reduce transport’s share of the cost of goods and services, should be a key goal for all research and development in this field. One area where this is applicable is work to enhance traction systems. Utilizing electric traction based on switched reluctance motors to replace conventional electric collector motors can significantly improve the reliability of vehicles as well as their efficiency.
Expo 1520 is waiting for foreign guests
Over the past 10 years, the bi-annual Expo 1520 Salon that takes place in Shcherbinka, near Moscow, has established itself as the leading railway forum in Eastern Europe and the CIS. The industry’s key figures gather at the event, including representatives of Russian Railways (RZD), other transport companies operating in the 1520mm-gauge region, and manufacturers of Russian and international rolling stock and components. The fifth Expo 1520 Salon held on September 2-5 2015 confirmed the growing importance of the event and its organizers are now planning on further expansion to include a greater emphasis on urban rail transport.
Union of Industries of Railway Equipment (NP UIRE) in the international arena: results and prospects
Data from railway infrastructure diagnostic systems plays a critical role in informing the maintenance tasks which help to sustain a safe and efficient railway. In the context of increasing demands on infrastructure from very highspeed railway traffic and longer and heavier freight trains, diagnostics has never been more crucial. Diagnostics system deployed in Russia have consistently shown their reliability and regard for safety, and are set to play a key role as high-speed and freight traffic continues to grow in the next few years.
G. Zobovo, S. Belov
Magnetic levitation: an unknown story from Russia
Magnetic levitation (maglev) is a concept that is becoming increasingly common in transport applications, with the latest system entering service in Korea earlier this year. Maglev is also the basis of the much-publicized Hyperloop projects. The idea of using a vacuum tube to increase the velocity of the vehicle first appeared at the beginning of the 20th century in a distant city in Siberia. Since then the maglev rolling stock models first developed in Russia have had a significant impact on global projects.