RAIL.ONE, the internationally successful manufacturer of concrete railway sleepers and system provider for advanced track systems, presents its comprehensive portfolio of track systems for passenger, freight, and heavy-haul transport at this year’s InnoTrans, the International Trade Fair for Transport Technology, on 23–26 September 2008.

At the fair, RAIL.ONE will offer state of the technological art throughout its entire portfolio. Beginning with individual pre-stressed concrete sleepers for ballasted track systems, as well as ballastless track systems, for lines carrying extremely high speeds, and extending to special solutions for high axle loads.

“We understand railway mobility in an all-in-one context: from mass rapid transit and regional rail transport, all the way to mainline routes for passengers and freight,” explains Tilo Brandis, RAIL.ONE’s CEO, who manages the company with Ralf Sobottka and Richard Ziegler. He continues: “InnoTrans is an important communications platform in these efforts, for direct exchange of information with our customers and business partners.”

Intelligent mass rapid transit systems for sustainable mobility

RAIL.ONE offers high-performance and reliable railway systems that are optimally integrated into their surroundings. Until now, more than 150km of RHEDA CITY track has been installed in numerous German cities. The
north-south mass transit commuter network in Cologne presents a very special challenge. According to information provided by municipal transit authorities, this network represents the largest urban-construction project in Germany. Almost the entire 4km rail line runs underground, including a section 30m under the Philharmonic Hall. For the first construction section, RAIL.ONE delivered over 650m of track, including turnout sleepers, and was responsible for system supervision and installation-systems

In The Hague, the tram line Aaltje Noorderwierstraat, as well as 3km of track along the Royal Library, have been executed with the RHEDA CITY and RHEDA CITY GREEN models. RAIL.ONE was also responsible for systems supervision in The Hague.

For the upgrading of various tram lines in Warsaw, RAIL.ONE received orders not only for delivery of over 8km of RHEDA CITY track, but also for the engineering and quality supervision of the projects. Further projects
are also being planned in conjunction with the European Football Cup, which is due to be held in Poland in 2012. Plans also exist to use the system variant RHEDA CITY GREEN in Poland.

The most advanced in track technologies for mainline and high-speed traffic

For the construction of track systems, along with the upgrading of existing rail lines, RAIL.ONE develops track solutions that are individually matched to the customer’s
requirements. RAIL.ONE offers all services on a one-stop basis, including product development, manufacture and application. In the high-speed area, patented RHEDA 2000® ballastless track technology has already achieved an internationally leading position. Since its patent application in 1999, RHEDA 2000® has developed from a niche product into standard technology for high-speed traffic.

After successful application of ballastless track in high-speed projects in Germany (from Cologne to the Rhine-Main airport complex, and from Nuremberg to Ingolstadt), in the Netherlands (the HSL-ZUID high-speed line from Amsterdam to Rotterdam), and in Taiwan (the THSR from Taipei
to Kaohsiung), RHEDA 2000® can expect additional success. In the most important project for construction of transport infrastructure in central Germany at present, the entire permanent way in the Leipzig City Tunnel complex will be equipped over a length of approximately 4km with patented RAIL.ONE track systems, including its mass-spring system. The convergence / divergence rail network of all Leipzig commuter rail lines is estimated to go into service in the beginning of 2011. Delivery is scheduled to begin in 2009–2010.

RAIL.ONE has achieved an essential milestone for obtaining official standard-design classification of its GETRAC® A3 system for tunnel rehabilitation in the Deutsche Bahn AG network. The RAIL.ONE group has won the contract for delivery of its ballastless track systems for the new
Schlüchterner Tunnel tube, Germany, and to upgrade existing tunnel tubes in Sinntal-Sannerz (eastern Hesse). The Schlüchterner Tunnel is already the fifth tunnel in a row that has been upgraded with the GETRAC® A3 system, following the Kehre Tunnel (2001), the Heiligenberg Tunnel
(2001–2002), the Esslingerberg Tunnel (2004), and the Brandleite Tunnel (2005).

Freight and heavy-haul traffic: extreme loads, top reliability

RAIL.ONE has developed special concrete sleepers that are designed for static axle loads up to more than 40t. In mid-2007, RAIL.ONE installed its first special sleepers on a section of the line in the North American rail network. For RAIL.ONE, the application of its sleeper technology on one of the heaviest-loaded freight lines of the world is a crucial milestone for entry into markets with high axle loads.

Efficient planning – with a maximum of cost assurance

For planning of all solutions for rail lines – whether at grade, on engineering structures, or in tunnels – RAIL.ONE engineers effectively adapt the entire track design to local requirements. From the design development phase up to detailed planning, RAIL.ONE places particular emphasis during installation on top quality and maximum reliability.

For example, the extremely narrow track clearance envelope in the 1km tunnel between two of London’s regional stations, Hampstead Heath and Frognal, is being enlarged by installing the RHEDA 2000® system, in order to enable the tunnel to be used by advanced trains. RAIL.ONE received a contract from an English engineering office to conduct the entire permanent-way planning for this project. Further tunnel and tram projects are in planning.

Production-plant construction – turnkey and customized

For the upgrading and expansion of the railway network in Turkey, the Turkish national railways TCDD will invest over $8 billion dollars in railway infrastructure by 2011. During 2004–2005, RAIL.ONE already delivered more than 620,000 concrete sleepers from its plants in Hungary and Romania for modernization in the first construction phase of the railway route from Ankara to Eskisehir. For the construction of an additional line, the company will deliver around 400,000 more main-track sleepers. TCDD has furthermore placed an order for approximately 45,000 sleepers to assist the AFYON project. Production of the main-track sleepers will take place in the new plant in Polatli, approximately 75km west of Ankara. RAIL.ONE operates this production plant together with its Turkish joint-venture partner ILGAZ.

RAIL.ONE succeeded in entering the Arabian markets in late 2007 by winning a contract for construction sections CTW 200 and CTW 100 of the North-South Line Project in Saudi Arabia, which involved a 2,400km line from the mining regions in the north-west of the country to Damman. Production of 850,000 main-track sleepers, as well as over 47,000 linear meters of turnout sleepers will take place in a plant especially built for this project in Hail, around 700km north of Riyadh, in collaboration with office 15 of the Chinese Railways Construction Corporation (CRCC).

In the execution of production plants, RAIL.ONE profits from its long years of experience. RAIL.ONE is the only planner and builder of track production plants to offer a choice among four different production processes, which, in addition, can be modified according to special requirements. This combination of plant-facilities engineering and production know-how further guarantees the required high quality standard for RAIL.ONE customers.

Visit us at hall 26, stand 216 for a personal talk and exchange of views.