Category: Simply explained

Non classé
// 4 September 2018

The closure of a section or even a railway line can occur for plenty of unexpected reasons. First it makes us think of an equipment breakdown or any other external reason. Most of the time, nevertheless, a railway closure is planned. Such as for works, for example, a closure implies a flawless organization, especially in…

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Simply explained
// 14 August 2018

To enable safe and organized train traffic, a number of signals and marks are settled throughout the Luxemburg railroad network. In a train driver’s daily job, these signals represent essential orders, reference and orientation points. Have a look on the most important fixed optical signals.   As suggested by its name, the fixed repeater signal…

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Simply explained
// 18 July 2018

There are 122 level crossings in use in Luxembourg and we mainly distinguish between two systems for closing / opening the barriers. Automatically controlled barriers Signal-dependent barriers 66% of the barriers are automatically controlled.

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Simply explained
// 3 July 2018

Switches and crossings are among the basic building blocks of the railway infrastructure. The turnouts are controlled by the dispatchers in the signal boxes, which, thanks to these elements, can use the existing tracks as flexibly and efficiently as possible. With the help of switches, the train transitions from one to track to another can…

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Simply explained
// 20 June 2018

The rail plays two important roles: direct support of rolling loads and steering of the rolling stock. The rail must also fulfill three conditions: resistance, ride comfort and noise level reduction. In order to ensure the latter , the rails are regularly examined from every angle.

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Simply explained
// 12 June 2018
The view of a train driver, the cab of a KISS

It is strictly forbidden for a passenger to go into a driver’s cabin, but exceptionally the CFL invites you to take a seat to discover this modern workplace!

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Simply explained
// 15 May 2018

What is the rolling highway? The rolling highway is an innovative way of handling freight, in this case particularly truck trailers, efficiently and easily from the road to the rail network. Thanks to the innovative rotatable LOHR wagons, the trailers do not have to be vertically charged using gantry cranes, but can be driven directly…

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Simply explained
// 30 April 2018

Over 1.000 passenger and freight trains run over the rails of the national railway network every day. In order to assure that the wheels of the locomotives and wagons can keep on spinning, the rails have to be regularly serviced or replaced. Beside the rails, numerous other elements contribute to the fact that the rolling…

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Non classé
// 28 March 2018
After the catenary has been grounded in the cleaning hall, the washing process starts at the push of a button. For cleaning, a pH-neutral wash foam is sprayed onto the rolling stock.

To ensure the well-being of over 20 million train passengers a year, the cleanliness of the rolling stock is essential. For this purpose, it is thoroughly cleaned on average every 3 weeks in the CFL floor washing system. The principle of cleaning is similar to that of a regular car wash – but with much…

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Photo reportage
// 5 March 2018
In order to counteract the paint bleached out after 20 years of sun exposure, the employees of the central workshop completely foil the boxes of the electric railcar. Compared to the paint-based procedure, this method has some key advantages, such as: the speed, easier handling or the fact that the foiling can be carried out in parallel to the other upcoming maintenance works.

To guarantee the safety and comfort of their customers, CFL regularly carry out maintenance and repair work on their rolling stock. After 20 years of loyal service, the electric railcars of the 2000 series, commonly referred to as Z2s, undergo a major overhaul, the “operation caisse”. Given the average lifetime of approximately 40 years, this…

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