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FERRMED Studies

IMAGINING THE FUTURE OF THE EUROPEAN GREAT AXIS OF RAIL FREIGHT

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FERRMED Global Study

A comprehensive “Global” Study was undertaken to define a high priority rail freight system and
to assess the feasibility of the implementation of FERRMED Standards in the FERRMED Great Axis Network. The
Study targets “to match Freight Supply and Demand during the period 2005 – 2025 in the FERRMED Great Axis
area of influence and to optimize traffic between the different modes of transportation with a view of taking
up to 30-35% of long distance inland traffic by rail by implementing FERRMED Standards and improving the
conditions of capacity, inter-modality and interoperability of the rail in this Great Axis Network”.
The Specific Objectives of the Study are:
• To assess and characterise, in a quantitative and qualitative manner, the demand and supply of different
modes of transport along the Great Axis Area of Influence from 2005 until 2025.
• To undertake a detailed analysis of the rail infrastructures in the Great Axis Rail Network, the major
interconnection branches and the complementary inter-modal terminals, the operational conditions,
the environment, the FERRMED standards and new transport methods in order to match supply with the
demand.
• To define precisely the benefits of modernisation of the FERRMED Great Axis Rail Network and to determine
the necessary investments and the forecasted cost-efficiency. The study will analyze the socio-economic and
environmental impact of carrying on (or not) the modernization of the FERRMED Great Axis Network

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Traceability of The Mediterranean Corridor Southern Sector (between Alicante and Algeciras)

Study conducted under the assumption, defended by FERRMED, that the parallel lines (existing or under study) connecting the different nodes involved should be included in the corridors of the "Core Network", even if these "parallel" lines are in some points separated by a few tens of kilometers.

It has also been taken into account that these lines should follow the parameters set by the "Guidelines" proposed by the EC (DG Move), particularly ramps, loading gauges and length of routes.
Given the limitations of the lines "officially" included in the Corridor, the new lines of Monforte del Cid - Murcia, Almendricos - Baza - Guadix and Almeria - Motril - Malaga - Algeciras (along the coast) are proposed.

Conducted by INFRAES and CENIT from basic data in the Global Study.

Ongoing diffusion process.

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FERRMED Locomotive Concept

Date of the Study

It defines the minimum design parameters that EU locomotives should meet in order to implement the FERRMED Standards, particularly long and heavy trains. The tools discussed are: power, pantograph, adhesion, coupling, traction, braking system, interoperability, ergonomics and safety, signage, noise and energy efficiency, among others.
Carried out by Alstom, Faiveley, Vossloh, Col·legi d'Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya, Colegio Oficial de Ingenieros Industriales de la Comunidad Valenciana, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya and the collaboration of APPLUS.

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FERRMED EU Wagon Concept

Date of the Study

It analyzes the current situation of freight wagons, in order to define how future EU wagons should be to meet the technical FERRMED Standards. It defines the parameters of an appropriate design, especially in all related to the platform and concept of force transmission frame, axle load, loading gauge, coupling strength, brake system, power, tele-informatic equipment, tare, load and capacity.

Carried out by Royal Institute of Technology Stockholm (KTH) and Railway Group, Institute of Technology Berlin (TUB).

A summary of both studies was presented in the framework of the 3rd FERRMED Conference, held at the International Logistics (SIL) in Barcelona on May 27th 2010 and in the " FERRMED Freight Locomotive and Wagon Conference" held on 20xx xx September in Berlin, on the occasion of the InnoTrans fair.

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