Track Renewals - Articles and news items
Issue 6 2011 • 3 January 2012 • Mr. Adrian Criţ, General Manager, RATB
2011 was full of achievements for Regia Autonomă de Transport Bucureşti (RATB), the most important surface public transport operator in Bucharest. During the first half of this year, we concluded two strategic partnerships, followed by several projects, with real benefits both for the public and our company.
RATB’s strategy regarding our manufacture and repair plant was to increase the effectiveness of its activity and modernise the production lines. In accordance with these objectives, we concluded a partnership with Astra Vagoane Arad (a well-known Romanian tram car manufacturer). The main aim of this partnership was the manufacture of a new low-floor tram called Imperio.
RATB brought in the production space, utilities and labour, while Astra Vagoane Arad, which has all the necessary technical papers and is a holder of a Siemens tram car manufacturing license, made investments in rearranging the working spaces and improving the production lines within RATB’s plant. Thus, our plant has become a centre for high performance tram manufacturing and our current activities are being carried out at European standards.
Metronet’s track renewal programme, which exceeded its annual asset management plan (AAMP) for ballasted track replacements, will be further boosted with the introduction of the first rail and sleeper delivery train (RSDT).
Being used for the first time on the London Underground network Tube Lines’ innovative RSDT is similar to ‘Slinger’ trains in use on Network Rail but is designed to carry and deliver up to ten 216 metre-long ‘strings’ of long welded rail and up to 1,470 concrete sleepers, enough for a kilometre of track renewal in one load. It has never before been possible to deliver this amount of material using one train.