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Ballastless Track, Concrete Mainline and Turnout Sleepers and Sleeper Plant Construction

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RAIL.ONE is a leading supplier of innovative track systems for passenger, freight, and heavy-haul transport: from sleepers for ballasted tracks all the way to the special RHEDA 2000® ballastless-track solution. The systems require little maintenance for decades. They offer stable track positioning and excellent ride comfort – also at high train speed and under extreme loading.

Standard and specialised railway sleepers

RAIL.ONE track systems provides standard and specialised concrete sleepers, including wide sleepers, elastically-footed sleepers, turnout sleepers and ballastless track systems such as the top railway products RHEDA 2000® and GETRAC®.

For urban traffic, the product spectrum includes, in addition to concrete sleepers, non-ballasted track systems such as RHEDA RX, RHEDA CITY and the ‘green tracks’ RHEDA CITY GREEN and ATD-G.

With locations in Germany, Hungary, South Korea, the Netherlands, China, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Saudi Arabia, RAIL.ONE produces more than 4 million main-track sleepers annually, in addition to more than 580,000m of turnout sleepers.

RHEDA 2000® ballestless track system

The monolithic, ballastless RHEDA 2000 system is used for mainline tracks, especially on high-speed routes. Chief characteristics of the supporting concrete slab include its lack of a trough, and its use of a modified bi-block sleeper with a lattice truss.

The development of special turnout sleepers for the RHEDA 2000 system means that track and turnout are totally compatible: the uniform structural height and the reduced weight enable significant time and cost benefits in project engineering and installation.

As a result of the monolithic structure of the track-supporting layer and the low overall structural height, this system is suited for applications for earthwork systems, tunnels and bridges – including those designed for trains that run at speeds over 300km/h.

GETRAC® system for concrete sleepers

The chief characteristic of GETRAC® track systems is of asphalt supporting layers on which concrete sleepers directly rest. The sleepers are elastically connected to the asphalt layer by special concrete anchor blocks, which transfer the horizontal forces from the track panel to the asphalt.

A major advantage is the fast and simple installation technique with conventional track-laying technology and with high daily track-laying output.

The GETRAC® A3 system is the newest and highest-performance product in the GETRAC® line. The wide sleepers, an intrinsic part of this system, reduce track installation height, which makes it especially effective for tunnel installations but also for embankments.

The German Federal Bureau of Railways (EBA) has granted its approval, without speed restriction, to various track designs. This approval means that GETRAC® models are cleared for high-speed rail traffic.

Invisible rail sleeper system for urban traffic

The RHEDA CITY system is characterised by simple structural technology; modified bi-block sleepers with lattice trusses facilitate installation and guarantee precise track gauge at the same time. It is hardly visible, requires almost no maintenance, offers perfect ride comfort, supports heavy loads and ensures great safety.

RHEDA CITY, which is also available as a ‘green track’, provides additional advantages through the monolithic structure of its track-supporting layer and its low installed structural height.

Rail track system for underground systems

RHEDA RX was developed especially for use in metro lines with speeds up to 100 km/h and axle loads up to 18 tons. The system was designed as a mass-spring system and consists of a concert supporting slab with integrated bi-block sleepers that rest over their entire surfaces on RockXolid® stone-wool mats. RHEDA RX, developed on the basis of the proven RHEDA ballastless track system, is characterized as trackform by an in-situ-concrete slab with integrated bi-block sleepers. Since initial RHEDA employment in 1972 at the German station Rheda, which gave the track form its name, RAIL.ONE has systematically further developed this solution and has adapted it to changing requirements.

Green track for urban rail traffic

The ATD-G ballastless track system has been designed for applications for trams and surface commuter railways in downtown areas. The ATD-G is primarily characterised by bi-block concrete sleepers directly supported by an asphalt layer. A lateral-force base support effectively secures the track span.

The system can be covered by turf or sedum plants, in various heights. Owing to its appealing optical impression and its favourable environmental characteristics, the RAIL.ONE ‘green track’ is an outstanding choice for mass rapid transit.

Sleepers for freight and heavy-haul traffic

With high energy prices and increased demand for raw materials, freight and extreme-load railway traffic has assumed a key function in intermodal competition. For these exceptional demands placed on track technology, RAIL.ONE has developed special concrete sleepers that are designed for static axle loads up to 40t.

Efficient planning – with a maximum of cost assurance

Requirements placed on the cost-effectiveness of advanced track systems have become more demanding: engineering innovations are expected to assure the quality and the productivity of the overall system. Low maintenance expense and reduction of lifecycle costs will become increasingly important.

For planning of all solutions for rail lines – whether at grade, over bridges, or in tunnels – RAIL.ONE engineers effectively adapt the entire track design to local requirements: from the design development phase up to detailed planning.

Plant construction

RAIL.ONE exports its experience, logistics and technology. Standardised models for sleeper plants can be quickly and simply built at any location that offers the required infrastructure. Such plants enable production of up to 600,000 concrete sleepers annually, in manual, semi-automatic or fully automatic modes of production and in accordance with the customer’s requirements.

Erfurt–Leipzig / Halle High-Speed Line

The 123km-long high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Leipzig / Halle in Germany was built as part of Trans-European Transport Networks line 1, connecting Anhalt Railway to Berlin in the north and the Nuremberg-Erfurt high-speed rail line in the south.

Nuremberg-Munich High-Speed Line

After Germany was reunified in 1990, a major priority for politicians was bringing together two transport networks that

Berlin U-Bahn Upgrading

The city-state of Berlin has a long-established underground network, with the first trains running in 1902. The system h

Nantes Light Railway

The French city of Nantes extended its light rail system by 50% in August 2000 to 27km. Nantes claims to be the city which invented public transport when, in 1826, it saw the first public hackney cab.

Bremen Light Rail System

Bremen in north-west Germany is one of the two urban subdivisions, the other being Bremerhaven, that make up the country's smallest land (state), Freie Hansestadt Bremen.

Potsdam Light Rail

Potsdam, in the former East Germany, is the first European city to adopt the standard new tram design by that country's


German Railways (Deutsche Bahn – DB) is now a major player in European high-speed rail travel with its Inter City

Taiwan Railway Administration High-Speed Network

After months of delays and false starts, Taiwan’s 345km (220 miles) high-speed line between Taipei and Kaohsiung finally opened for service on 5 January 2007, when the first fare-paying passengers boarded a 700T trainset at Panchaio station.

Positive Spirit After InnoTrans In Berlin

The Neumarkt-based PCM RAIL.ONE Group presented itself for a total of four days at the leading trade fair for transport technology in Berlin, Germany.

RAIL.ONE Presents New Product Solutions at InnoTrans

The Neumarkt-based company will be presenting new product developments and other solutions from its business segments at InnoTrans, the leading International Trade Fair for Transport Technology.

RAIL.ONE Charts a Course for the Future at InnoTrans

This year's InnoTrans underscored its importance as the leading fair for transportation technology by setting new records: 2,950 exhibitors, almost two-thirds of them traveling from outside Germany, presented their products and services to an interested trade audience.

Track Systems Made by RAIL.ONE: International and Innovative

The role of rail-based freight, commuter, and mainline transport around the world is growing. This boom is fueled in part by numerous international infrastructure projects in which the PCM RAIL.ONE Group, with over 60 years experience in the production of concrete sleepers and state-of-the-art track systems, is an important player.

RAIL.ONE at InnoTrans 2016

RAIL.ONE will present itself at the InnoTrans Exhibition in Berlin in Hall 26, Booth 305. The InnoTrans is the leading trade show for transport technology and is taking place 20-23 September 2016. In addition to its comprehensive portfolio of modern track systems for rail transport, RAIL.ONE will focus on further internationalising the company's business fields.

RAIL.ONE Implements New Corporate Structure

RAIL.ONE depends on entrepreneurial adaptability to be sustainably successful in its core business. With the target of adapting the group even more successfully to customer orientation, growth and innovative strengths, the company has implemented a new organizational structure. The German Division has been separated into two entities, to go into effect on 1st August 2015.

Opening of the Honam Line High-Speed Railway

RAIL.ONE, a leading international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, has delivered 536,900 concrete sleepers to the companies SAMPYO Engineering & Construction, Kuedo Kongyung, and HwaSung-Kuedo.

RAIL.ONE Reinforces its Team

RAIL.ONE Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railway tracks, has reinforced its strategic position. With a new sales manager, the company emphasises its claim as a service-oriented partner and its long-term global ambitions.

RAIL.ONE at InnoTrans 2014

RAIL.ONE's focus for InnoTrans 2014, the international trade fair for transport technology, is firmly on light rail traffic. The company will present solutions and innovations that cities can profit from both economically and ecologically. In addition, RAIL.ONE will showcase new technical highlights such as its trafficable system for ballastless tracks in tunnels.

RAIL.ONE Launches New Website

The RAIL.ONE Group has a smart new design on its website. The internationally leading manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railway tracks has thoroughly overhauled its website.

RAIL.ONE Nominated for 2014 DB Supplier Award

The RAIL.ONE Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railway tracks, was nominated by Deutsche Bahn for the 2014 Supplier Award in the category of infrastructure construction work.

RAIL.ONE Celebrates Anniversaries

The RAIL.ONE Group, one of the world's leading manufacturers of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railway tracks, will celebrate two anniversaries this year.

RAIL.ONE Opens Factory in Iowa, US

The RAIL.ONE Group, a world-leading manufacturer of concrete ties and system provider for rail-mounted tracks, has opened a new factory in Clinton, Iowa.

RAIL.ONE Announces PCM Group as Its New Strategic Owner

With successful conclusion of search for an investor, RAIL.ONE Group has a strong strategic shareholder with long-range orientation. The Neumarkt company - pioneer and leading manufacturer of concrete sleepers as well as systems provider for railway tracks - and its subsidiaries are now part of the Indian conglomerate PCM Group of Industries.

RAIL.ONE Enters the US Market

RAIL.ONE Group, leading international manufacturer of concrete railroad ties and systems provider for railway track, has entered the US market. The company will construct a production plant in the US State of Iowa with an annual capacity of 600,000 concrete ties. In implementation of its market entry, RAIL.ONE Group has already founded a US subsidiary RAIL.ONE USA Corp.

RAIL.ONE Again Achieves International Project Success

Infrastructure projects in Qatar and Spain to be executed with ballastless track technology from RAIL.ONE. RAIL.ONE Group, leading international manufacturer of concrete sleepers as well as systems provider for railway tracks, has won the order for delivery of the track system for the new tram line in Doha, capital of Qatar.

RAIL.ONE Signs Major Order in South Korea

RAIL.ONE will deliver more than 530,000 concrete sleepers for new construction of the Honam high-speed line. RAIL.ONE Group, leading international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, will deliver over 530,000 concrete sleepers on behalf of SAMPYO Engineering & Construction LTD., Kuedo Kongyung Co., Ltd., and HwaSung - Kuedo Co., Ltd.

RAIL.ONE Delivers Concrete Sleepers for Rail Line Upgrades in Hungary and Romania

RAIL.ONE Group, the leading international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, has further expanded its international business activities by signing three successful contracts for upgrading rail lines in Hungary and Romania. These projects will enable a big portion of the full production capacity in RAIL.ONE factories in these countries until late 2013.

RAIL.ONE Delivers Turnout Sleepers for the New Rail Line

RAIL.ONE Group, leading international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, will participate in an extensive supply contract for turnout sleepers for new construction of the high-speed rail line between Erfurt and Leipzig-Halle, Germany, for the section between Erfurt and Gröbers.

RAIL.ONE Wins an Additional Major Contract in Taiwan

RAIL.ONE Group, internationally successful manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, has been awarded a major contract for the project TTY Airport MRT Access System in Taiwan. As a result, the RHEDA 2000® ballastless track system will be applied

RAIL.ONE Wins Further Major Order from Saudi Arabia

RAIL.ONE Group, international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, has successfully bid for delivery of an additional 600,000 concrete sleepers for contracted project section CTW 400 of the North-South Line in Saudi Arabia. The new con

Ralf Sobottka Becomes RAIL.ONE’s New CEO

Neumarkt, Germany — In a change in management at RAIL.ONE, Tilo Brandis (42), until now CEO, has left the company amicably and at his own wish, to take effect immediately. His successor is Ralf Sobottka (49), who has been chief financial officer (CFO) at the company since April 2008.

The Madrid-Valencia High-Speed Line to be Equipped with RHEDA 2000®

Neumarkt, Germany – As part of a contract from the Spanish railway authority ADIF, RAIL.ONE Group will deliver approximately 120,000 concrete sleepers for construction of the high-speed line between Madrid and Valencia. Along the total line length of around 430km, RAIL.ONE will equip 14 tunnels w

Schlüchterner Tunnel Upgraded with GETRAC A3

Neumarkt, Germany – An important milestone has been reached for attainment by GETRAC® A3 of the 'standard-design' (Regelbauart) classification for tunnel upgrading on the Deutsche Bahn network: RAIL.ONE Group has won contracts for delivery of ballastless track for the new Schlü

Management Change at RAIL.ONE

Ralf Sobottka (48) has become the new Chief Financial Officer at RAIL.ONE Group. Before his move to the internationally successful manufacturer of concrete sleepers and railtrack systems, Sobottka was employed at the DyStar Group, where he took over as CFO in 2005. Earlier, he held management pos

RAIL.ONE Signs Delivery Agreement for Saudi Arabia

RAIL.ONE GmbH, successful international manufacturer of concrete sleepers and systems provider for railtrack infrastructure, will participate in the coming years in construction of a new rail line in Saudi Arabia. The new line will connect the north of the country, rich in natural resources, with

The Rheda City Ballastless Track System

Rail One achieves further project success with Rheda City. By now, more than 130km of Rheda City track has been laid in numerous German cities, including Berlin, Dresden, Düsseldorf, Karlsruhe, Mannheim, and Nuremberg. The north-south urban transit railway in Cologne (Stadtb

RAIL.ONE at the InnoTrans 2006: In Dialog with Our Customers

For RAIL.ONE GmbH, formerly Pfleiderer track systems, their presence at the InnoTrans 2006, the international trade fair for traffic engineering to be held in Berlin from 19 to 22 September 2006, will be dominated by an ongoing dialog with their national and international customers and business p

Pfleiderer Gets a New Company Name – RAIL.ONE

Effective on 13 April, Axa Private Equity will become the new owner of Pfleiderer track systems. The company AXA Private Equity, founded in 1996, is a subsidiary of AXA Investment Managers, with offices in Paris, Frankfurt, London, New York and Singapore. AXA Private Equity specialises in investm

Sale of Pfleiderer track systems to AXA Private Equity Closed

M-DAX listed Pfleiderer AG, Neumarkt (ISIN DE0006764749) announced the closing of the deal for the sale of Pfleiderer track systems to AXA Private Equity. On March 10, 2006 Pfleiderer AG announced the signing of a contract to sell Pfleiderer track systems to AXA Private Equity. Followi

Pfleiderer AG Sells Business Unit Track Systems to AXA

MDAX-listed Pfleiderer AG, Neumarkt (ISIN DE0006764749) signed a contract on March 6, 2006 for the sale of its business centre Pfleiderer track systems. An interim right to rescind the contract expired today. The companies taking over the business centre belong to AXA Private Equity. The transact

Rollout of Ballastless Track in the Czech Republic

For the first time, a section of the railway network of Czech National Railways is being equipped with ballastless track. On the test section, approx. 1,000m between Třebovice and Rudoltice, Pfleiderer track systems provided its extensively proven RHEDA 2000® ballastless track system, a

Pfleiderer Track Systems Closes a Contract for Know-how Transfer to China

Today Pfleiderer track systems has signed a contract with representatives of the Chinese Ministry of Railways (MoR) for the transfer of ultramodern railway technology to China. The agreement contains all usufructuary rights to the RHEDA 2000® ballastless track technology for the sovereign te

RHEDA 2000® Ballastless Track System on a Spring-Mass System

Increasing train speeds and greater axle loads on the rail lines of today has correspondingly increased the harmful impact of noise and vibrations on the areas around rail lines. The unevenness that exists between train wheels and the rails, as well as the dynamic deformation of the tracks that t