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Old October 12th, 2016, 12:30 PM   #381
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Actually it's the other way around. The railways are tested by the train.
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Old October 12th, 2016, 01:41 PM   #382
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Two logistics companies open intermodal terminal in Oradea


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Logistics companies P&O Ferrymasters and Transmec Groupau have invested in an intermodal terminal in Oradea, which is managed by a joint-venture called Intermodal Vest. The facility providers intermodal railrway connections between Western Europe and Eastern Europe.
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Oradea, Romania, 11 October 2016: Two of Europe’s leading logistics solutions specialists, P&O Ferrymasters and the Transmec Group, are today extending their 14-year collaboration with the official opening of a major new venture - a private intermodal terminal in Oradea, Romania, managed by their jointly-owned company Intermodal Vest.

Official opening for joint venture intermodal hub in RomaniaThe initiative provides a dedicated facility for the partnership’s innovative and environmentally friendly rail-based intermodal links between western and eastern Europe. The companies launched a Belgium-Romania service two years ago – initially via the public Romanian railhead in Curtici – and added an Italy-Romania route in June after acquiring the Oradea operation.

Using private rail operators to run dedicated company trains, there are currently three round trips per week between Oradea and Zeebrugge in Belgium and two per week linking Oradea with Piacenza in Italy. Transit times of just 48-72 hours are boosted by short pre-advice notice requirements.

Operations are supported by combined company resources including a network of 50 offices across Europe, 500 Huckepack trailers and some 2,500 specialised containers. Direct control of own-fleet equipment guarantees year-round availability.

The Oradea terminal is operational 24/7, with two shunting locomotives and two reachstackers enabling rapid turnaround of trains. Round-the-clock security cover includes 32 CCTV cameras. Seamless and cost-effective handling is also ensured by on-site services including import/export clearance, dangerous goods capability and cross-docking/transhipment into secure warehousing.

Proximity to the Oradea ring-road provides fast truck access to the Romanian hinterland. Forward shipment by road to and from the Balkans, Turkey, Ukraine, Moldova and Bulgaria can be arranged via the terminal, as well as short-sea connections from Constanta and Varna to Black Sea countries.

Terminal operations are being demonstrated to existing and potential customers at today’s official opening. The terminal has capacity to double current throughput and strategic expansion plans include making the facility available to other intermodal operators from early next year.

P&O Ferrymasters intermodal director Wim Blomme comments: “Our customers will now benefit from a dedicated and integrated intermodal product covering ferry, rail, road and terminal operations – all of which is focused on enhancing service levels and creating a future network to build upon. The investments made to acquire and upgrade the terminal demonstrate our long-term vision and ambition to develop further into the east.”

Managing director Bas Belder adds: “The P&O Group’s confidence in intermodal development is also underlined in Zeebrugge, where our trains operate from the recently extended P&O Ferries rail terminal.”

Transmec managing director Danilo Montecchi comments: “The Oradea initiative extends a proven partnership with P&O Ferrymasters and takes our service offering to new levels. Customers can now benefit from a dedicated hub that provides a price-competitive and eco-friendly gateway to important growth markets.”
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Old October 17th, 2016, 06:08 PM   #383
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Over EUR 226 M for the rehabilitation of the Bucharest – Constanta railway


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The European Commission (EC) has approved EUR 226.6 million from the Cohesion Fund for “The rehabilitation of the Bucharest – Constanta railway line for the North Bucharest – Bucharest Baneasa and Fetesti – Constanta sections,” a press release informs on Monday.

The project is part of the 2007-2013 Transport Operational Programme, “Modernization and development of TEN-T priority axes aiming at sustainable transport system integrated with EU transport networks.”

The rehabilitation works of the 80 km railway between Bucharest and Constanta on the two sections Bucharest North – Bucharest Baneasa, Fetesti – Constanta respectively, were initially funded by the Romanian state, the total project value is almost EUR 475 million, the release reads.

According to EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Corina Cretu, the EC is taking over some of the initial expenditure that the Romanian state has made for the rehabilitation of the railway between Bucharest and Constanta.
“This decision is in the line assumed by the European Commission regarding the co-financing of the retrospective projects in order to increase the absorption of EU funds in Romania,” Cretu notes.

On the other hand, there were approved retrospective projects in the transport infrastructure in Romania worth about EUR 450 million from the Cohesion Fund and the European Regional Development Fund, EU official also points out.

Through the rehabilitation project of the railway between Bucharest and Constanta, it was aimed mainly to reduce the journey time between the two cities, as well as switching from road transport between the Capital and seaside, towards a safe and modern rail transport and air pollution reduction.

“Following the rehabilitation works of this rail section, it is estimated that approximately 3.7 million passengers annually will use the train to cover the distance between Bucharest and Constanta by 2030, and the rail freight transport on this route it is estimated to reach up to 21 million tons annually. Currently, the passenger trains can run on the Bucharest – Constanta route with speeds up to 160 km /h and the freight trains, with a maximum of 120 km /h,” the release also shows.

Currently, the absorption rate for the 2007-2013 Transport Operational Programme exceeds 81 percent.
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Old October 17th, 2016, 06:19 PM   #384
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What does this news mean? I am totally confused. It was always said that Bucharest-Constanta works are finished, even this article mentions that trains run at a respectable 160 kmh, but now a substantial part of the section gets funding again? But for what? Were some sections ignored, or is there still signaling tech to be added, or is part of the line run down and needs to be renovated?
If someone could explain, thank you.
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Old October 17th, 2016, 06:34 PM   #385
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Romania is getting paid by the EU (retrospectively) for this project which was done with state funds, but which is on EU corridor map, and was done according to EU standards.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 12:28 AM   #386
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I think it concerns the sections Bucuresti Nord - Bucuresti Baneasa and Fetesti - Constanta, which are not yet rebuilt.

However, the upgraded infrastructure doesn't automatically mean a better train service. Till now there are only 2 or 3 really fast IC-trains per day - thats not competitive and with this service level the 3,7mill passengers per year are probably fantasy.
A regular-interval timetable with hourly IC-trains would be necessary to compete with road transportation...
Upgrading the infrastructure is important, but it doesn't guarantee a better train service...
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Old October 18th, 2016, 06:17 AM   #387
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Bucharest-Constanta railway line was completely upgraded to 160 km/h for passenger trains and 120 km/h for freight trains, and the inaugural opening was in 2014. Trains are regularly doing 2 h on a 225 km distance (at least CFR, but also Softrans, the private operator), with several stops. The amounts are retrospective payment for that project.


PS: I do not have the stats for Bucharest-Constanta pax / year, but I do not find 3.5 mil outrageous. Overall, CFR does approximately 50 mil / pax a year, and Bucharest-Constanta is one of the busiest. And that not counting in the competing private operators such as Softrans .
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Old October 18th, 2016, 01:10 PM   #388
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There were still issues related to the signaling on the line which hindered full speed for a long while. Are they solved?
Just had a look at the schedule. CFR offers only 7 rides per day, of which two take 2 hrs, 5 all take 2 1/2. There are big gaps of up to 3 hrs in the schedule. Even at 2 hrs, the train still reaches an effective traveling speed of only 100 kmh. I know max speed and effective speed can never be the same, but I wonder if those trains ever reach the theoretically possible 160 kmh or remain around 120-140 kmh.
A note on the Softrans website says that services are suspended to Constanta.
Do not get us wrong, we know this is relatively good for Romanian and especially Southeast European railway standards. It just does not do justice to this rhetoric that this will make the railway take off and be more attractive than road transport.
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Old October 18th, 2016, 01:24 PM   #389
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Softrans' services are seasonal. Craiova - Bucuresti - Constanta in the summer and Craiova - Bucuresti - Brasov in the winter
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Old October 18th, 2016, 01:38 PM   #390
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Just had a look at the schedule. CFR offers only 7 rides per day, of which two take 2 hrs, 5 all take 2 1/2. There are big gaps of up to 3 hrs in the schedule. Even at 2 hrs, the train still reaches an effective traveling speed of only 100 kmh. I know max speed and effective speed can never be the same, but I wonder if those trains ever reach the theoretically possible 160 kmh or remain around 120-140 kmh.
You may be right as 100 km/h average speed is achievable on good 120 km/h line or 140 km/h with some point restrictions. For example in Poland most modernised to 160 km/h lines offer 120 km/h average speed.
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Just had a look at the schedule. CFR offers only 7 rides per day, of which two take 2 hrs, 5 all take 2 1/2. There are big gaps of up to 3 hrs in the schedule.
Look at the info on the CFR page. At 2 h there is no station. At 2 h and 1/2 there are a few stations in between.

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for 225 km in 2 h at 100 km / h .... ?
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Railroad project for OTP airport:

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for 225 km in 2 h at 100 km / h .... ?
Okay, 112 kmh. Sorry.
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That's an average. But CFR IR trains go much slower in Bucharest, Constanta and in general while passing stations, and do 140-150 km/h on certain sections.
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Old October 21st, 2016, 08:45 PM   #395
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There were still issues related to the signaling on the line which hindered full speed for a long while. Are they solved?
Just had a look at the schedule. CFR offers only 7 rides per day, of which two take 2 hrs, 5 all take 2 1/2. There are big gaps of up to 3 hrs in the schedule. Even at 2 hrs, the train still reaches an effective traveling speed of only 100 kmh. I know max speed and effective speed can never be the same, but I wonder if those trains ever reach the theoretically possible 160 kmh or remain around 120-140 kmh.
Trains already reach 160km/h on this section, I've tried it myself. The problem is that there isn't enough rolling stock capable of reaching that speed, hence the small number of fast trains CFR offers. Also, some signaling problems detailed below. The other IR trains still regularly reach 140 km/h, though, so it's not too bad.

The point about the signaling problem is correct. Currently the system can safely allow a 140km/h maximum speed limit, due to the lack of ERTMS level 1 even(as opposed to level 2 currently being instaled in the west part of the country). Upgrading signaling was never considered due to the small ammount of funds available for this project (it was done on pre-accesion funds, before entering the EU). Why this upgrade isn't proposed now, which would pottentially allow even 200 km/h with tilting trains is beyong me . Oh, BTW, CFR doesn't have rolling stock compatible with ERTMS level 2, anyway. Nor is there any major upgrade taking place...

In case you're wondering, the few trains that reach 160 km/h do it thanks to some serious traffic management. A wide area is cleared in front of the trains to compensate for the improper signaling. Freight traffic cannot reach maximum capacity because of this, some trains are diverted via Faurei-Buzau-Ploiesti, with much slower tracks, to keep the line clear enough.


Like LeClerk said, the payment is retrospective, probably to compensate for our extremely poor absorbtion in the previous cicle. The EU allowed many such payments for road and rail project, just to we could use the money just laying around . Still, weirdly, the modernisation isn't actually done yer. Appart from the Danube bridges, which are a separate contract, in progress ATM, the Fetesti and Ciulnita stations have NEVER been modernised. The project just froze there and noone ever said a word about them since... I'm surprised the EU isn't infringing us as we speak for this stupididy. They even handed us more money for a incomplete job


PS: when the last works are completed, travel time on the Constanta-Bucharest route would be 1 hour 45 minutes, pretty competitive to car travel.
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ROMANIA | Railways

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Railroad project for OTP.
and the project: Gara de Nord - Gara Progressu (Centura ferroviar) https://m.facebook.com/story.php?sto...23473531214200

Are these projects in the Masterplan or just an empty election promises to gain votes?
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The current goverment consists of technocrats with no political afiliations. So there aren't any promises for votes, because this bunch can't be voted. They can only gain another term if there is public and political support.

There have been ideas for such a network before, with no result. But this goverment seems different, they have already achieved something in just a few months. So maybe this time this project will be a real thing, especially considering the ridiculously low costs for introducing such a system, since all the infrastructure is already there, they only need a little maintenance for raising comercial speed, some new platforms and parking lots next to the stations. Somewhere around a few million euros including rail conections to some subway lines.
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Fata de ce este pe mapamondul asta, suntem aproape de tor rasul, comparativ cu evul mediu. Cred ca rad toti de noi cand aud ca la noi se merge cu 120, sau maxim 140-160 pe doua sectoare scurde de cale ferata. Si metroul merge cu 70-90 aproape in Romania, la altii devaseste viteza maxima admisa a trenurilor din 98% din Romania aproape. Ma uitam la topicul de la danezi ca aia construiau niste linii noi si gari electrificate desigur, si ma gandeam cand o sa faca si in romania asa ceva
Mai terminati cu cretinisme dinastea
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CFR modernizes railroad stations


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The National Railroad Company (CFR) has completed the modernization of 37 railroad stations, part of its program for modernizing and rehabilitating the national infrastructure. Another 18 stations are currently being modernized and work is scheduled to start on 71 more.
More on the stations here.
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The current goverment consists of technocrats with no political afiliations. So there aren't any promises for votes, because this bunch can't be voted. They can only gain another term if there is public and political support.

There have been ideas for such a network before, with no result. But this goverment seems different, they have already achieved something in just a few months. So maybe this time this project will be a real thing, especially considering the ridiculously low costs for introducing such a system, since all the infrastructure is already there, they only need a little maintenance for raising comercial speed, some new platforms and parking lots next to the stations. Somewhere around a few million euros including rail conections to some subway lines.
I say Ciolos is in for a full PM term of 4 years following the fall elections, so he will just carry on on these.
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