recent study by Prose and Rail Traction Company, Italy, revealed that it is possible for a 2200-tonne freight train to successfully navigate the Brenner Pass on the Italy-Austria border. Robbin Wetter, an engineer in Prose’s Running Dynamics team, details the project.
Renato Mazzoncini was appointed CEO of Italian State Railways (FS) on December 1 2015 following the resignation of the entire FS board on November 26 because of a failure to agree on how to privatise the national railway. Mazzoncini, who was previously CEO of FS subsidiary Busitalia, outlines his priorities and objectives for FS in an exclusive interview with David Briginshaw.
With its punishing gradients, sharp curves, and intensive freight traffic, the Brenner corridor between Germany and Italy poses daily challenges for the many operators that use the route. Erwin Reidinger looks at how significant investment in additional capacity will bring a step-change in performance on this vital transalpine artery.