Author Archive for Pranav Misal

Rail Signaling and Train Control Systems Respond to Global Megatrends

What approach should rail operators adopt to enhance the functionality, safety, and reliability of their train operations? It is the rail signaling and train control systems. Its main purpose is to prevent train collisions, monitor the movement of trains on tracks, divide tracks into segments known as blocks, into several sections. Without signaling systems, far […]

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Siemens-Alstom Merger: A Signal of Greater Consolidation

With ongoing trend of the consolidation within the Rail industry, the two European industrial giants Alstom and Siemens announced on Tuesday, September 26th, 2017 the merger of their global rail operations. I believe this corporate strategy will increase value for both Siemens and Alstom by creating revenue, operational, financial, and cost synergies (ways to increase profit/earnings […]

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Mitigating the Rail Disruptions caused by Natural Disasters

Rail transportation is often considered a critical infrastructure since a disruption in one of its components can have a significant impact on the economic and social welfare of a region. An effective way to assess how critical an infrastructure is would be to consider the impacts its removal would have on the flows and activities […]

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CSX’s Key Metrics for Seamless Rail Services

CSX is a supplier of rail-based freight transportation in North America, and they recently restructured the operations and workforce. The STB (Surface Transportation Board) stated that they have received several “informal complaints” from shippers about CSX’s deteriorating rail services, which coincided with CSX’s restructuring process. To address the concerns, CSX is transitioning to precision scheduled […]

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ETCS (European Train Control Systems) Level 3: A new way forward?

ETCS (European Train Control System) Level 3 has experienced a significant growth in recent times. The fully integrated advanced level train control system does not use wayside signals, as all the information is transmitted using wireless communications. The Level 3 concept has a potential to make a significant impact on the train control systems. Although […]

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