Specialist literature

Protection of Critical Transport Infrastructure

Transport infrastructure plays a vital role in our society. Deliberate harmful actions intended to damage or interrupt the use and operation of transport infrastructure can affect negatively the pursuit of economic activities, generate substantial financial losses, undermine user confidence and cause major damage to the economy.
This book answers the question of what is meant by critical transport infrastructure. Network and information systems are essential for its effective control. That is why these systems in particular need to be protected against unauthorised access. The motivation of companies and organisations to secure the critical transport infrastructure which they operate is based on a uniform legal framework imposed within the European Union.

Impact of rail infrastructure charging systems

According to the results obtained, current levels of rail infrastructure charges implemented in Europe have a negative impact on the competitiveness of the high speed passenger services that run on the European railway network, particularly in the cases where the rail market share is currently low (below 80-85%). Thus, mark ups would not have been imposed after careful consideration of their consequences on the market position of railway undertakings in the market segment in question.

Electric Traction - Motive Power and Energy Supply

The focal point of the book will be the disposition of electric traction units powered by three-phase induction motors. We shall discuss the stationary and dynamical behaviour of the squirrel-cage induction motors and the principle and construction features of pulse-controlled inverters, as well as scalar and field-oriented control systems and four-quadrant power converters, feeding the DC link of the inverters. As is appropriate to the lesser importance these drive systems have nowadays, we will consider DC and AC commutator motors only in a cursory fashion, as well as their voltage control.

Light Rail Systems - Principles - Technology - Operation - Financing

This book deals with basic aspects, technology, operation and financing important aspects of the urban transport system.

There is an insight into the current legal foundations at European and national level. All aspects are presented, taking into account the production of modern light rail vehicles as well as basic renovation. It also explains how the requirements for a reliable energy supply can be met and how stops and routes have to be designed with regard to passenger comfort, environmental protection and urban development.

Optimisation of Mechanised Maintenance Management

Railway track infrastructure is a complex system consisting of various subsystems which require incremental maintenance from all engineering disciplines; all of whom are competing for the limited time and number of available maintenance windows.

The constant demand for higher traffic volumes, increased train speeds and heavier axle loadings all result in an exponential increase in maintenance requirements but the time available for maintenance is as a result even further reduced.

Railway Transformation

Railway Ground Engineering

The second edition of Railway Ground Engineering has been completely reworked and extended. It provides comprehensive information on the essential relationships and dependencies between superstructure, substructure and subsoil subjected to the effects of the rail System.

This manual is intended to be a practical reference book for everyone involved in the planning, design and construction of earthworks and other geotechnical structures, as well as a manual for low track maintenance . With the comprehensive presentation of the new partial safety concept in geotechnics, it is also a valuable aid for students and teachers at universities and technical Colleges.

Handbook Railway vehicles

Handbook Railway Vehicles

This book fills the gap in the market between the numerous theoretical works, which are limited to one topic or few specific topics on rail vehicle technology, and the books for professionals. The target group for this book is students of railways and rail vehicle technology as well as professionals from the industry who wish to refresh or supplement their knowledge.


In nearly 190 years of railway history, rail vehicle technology has constantly developed. Today the technical knowledge necessary for the development, construction, operation and maintenance is so complex and extensive that it can not be comprehensively mastered by a single specialist alone.

The Basic Principles of Mechanised Track Maintenance

The Basic Principles of Mechanised Track Maintenance

This book is dedicated to the many people involved in the day to day planning and performance of track maintenance activities. Providing a practical approach to everyday challenges in mechanised track maintenance, it is not just intended as a theoretical approach to the track system.

Railways aim at transporting people and freight safely, rapidly, regularly, comfortably and on time from one place to another. This book is directed to track infrastructure departments contributing to the above objective by ensuring the track infrastructure’s reliability, availability, maintainability and safety – denoted by the acronym RAMS. Regular, effective and affordable track maintenance enable RAMS to be achieved.

ETCS for Engineers (European Train Control System)

ETCS for Engineers (European Train Control System)

Traditional railway signalling has long been based on the principle of no more than one train, on any one section of track, at any one time. 
New technology allows cab-based equipment to replace lineside signals. This gives improved operational performance and better system capacity by redefining the concept of the track section. Using continuous position reporting by the train, the section becomes a safe ‘envelope’, within which each train operates. The ‘envelope’ increases or contracts according to the speed of the train, its braking distance and other characteristics. This gives much more flexibility and the closer spacing of trains, without compromising safety principles.

Compendium on ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System

Compendium on ERTMS - European Rail Traffic Management System

ERTMS development started in 1989 in the context of plans for a European high-speed railway network. In its 20th year there are no more doubts about the key role of ERTMS for the revitalisation of the European railways. This new standard work gives an introduction to ERTMS and an overview of the current status, including the consolidation which will follow the formal adoption of new baselines for the ETCS and GSM-R specifications.
This compendium offers a complete guide to the complex ERTMS concept, giving an overview on all relevant sub-projects. Its aim is to assist the work of all parties and people engaged in the wider roll-out of ERTMS for the benefi t of safe, efficient and sustainable rail transport.

Infrastructure Projects 2018

Infrastructure Projects 2018

How can we remove and rebuild rail infrastructure faster and better? - That's what the more than 30 papers in this book are about. Levers for faster and better implementation of projects are the acceleration and simplification of approval procedures as well as lean concepts in the construction industry, the introduction of the BIM method and partnership building. Using the example of the metropolitan areas of Berlin, Frankfurt and Munich, this book outlines which challenges population growth and disproportionately increasing economic performance mean for the transport infrastructure and how the transport networks can be made future-proof.

Best Practice in Track Maintenance, Vol 1 - Infrastructure Management

Best Practice - Infrastructure Management

Infrastructure Management Volume 1 looks at aspects of infrastructure management with particular reference to the single European railway area. Based on best-practice examples from Central Europe, measures for the targeted retrofitting and improvement of the infrastructure maintenance of the existing network are presented. In many cases, infrastructure operators are faced with a generational change, which accelerates the process. Modern information and communication technology can simplify the comprehension and presentation of complex contexts. Modified approaches to asset management and life-cycle management enable implementation of the "transparent permanent way" or the "railway 4.0".

Infrastructure Projects 2010

Infrastructure Projects 2010

This huge investment program is financed by the federal government, the European Union, the federal states and municipalities, as well as by Deutsche Bahn itself. In addition to major projects such as the new and extended line between Munich - Berlin and the new Ebensfeld - Erfurt and Erfurt - Halle - Leipzig lines, thousands of measures are being implemented throughout the country - from the replacement of one hundred year old bridges and tunnels to the modernization of railway stations or railway crossings.


The current overview of the railway market in Europe.The market overview provides up-to-date data on around 1100 rail transport and infrastructure companies in 34 countries:

  • Market analysis "Europe", created by Independent Regulator's Group-Rail (IRG-Rail)
  • Quick overview for each country: train history, route map, market participants, authorities
  • Company profiles of all railways: Addresses / Management / Shareholders / History / Financial figures / Traffic relations / Fleet list
  • Buying guide with important addresses for the daily business with service providers
  • Comprehensive personal index

This makes the business manual "European Railways" a core medium for decision makers at railways and throughout the rail Industry.

Railway Signalling & Interlocking

Railway signalling is one of the few technical fields which are still mainly oriented nationally. However, the international aspect becomes more and more important. The purpose of this book is to give a summary and comparison of railway signalling and interlocking methods at the international Level.
The contents cover the whole range of signalling equipment and methodology.

The Railway System

Handbuch - Das System Bahn

Railway systems are highly complex structures. This is characterized by a variety of internal and external reactions between the subsystems and their environment.


The close links with housing developments, economic and transport structures represent, on the one hand, the external reaction of the rail system with the environment and, on the other hand, the muliple internal reactions between the parts of this system, such as between infrastructure, rolling stock and management. Over the past few decades, due to rapid advances in electronic data processing, these reactions have become more complex and complicated. A holistic view of the rail system is therefore essential.

Railway Transformation

Railway Transformation

Railways across the globe develop from public administrations acting as monopolies to service-oriented companies operating in liberalized markets with strong inter- and intramodal competition. Transforming a railway is a long-lasting process, which comprises structural improvements, strategic realignment of networks and product offerings, internationalization, and efficiency improvements.

The book provides an outline of the major challenges in the transformation process and describes how leading companies have mastered them.

CENELEC Standards for Functional Safety

With a printed introduction and a selection of technical literature backed up by Computer Based Training and supplementary essays, on CD-ROM, this unit allows you to familiarize yourself with the subject matter and make it a competency.