Choosing carriages and the locomotives to tow them is not easy. But choices can’t be made without knowing where and how to maintain the rolling stock. Except that, clearly, there’s nothing easy about finding a service provider, deciding to do it yourself, or even choosing where the maintenance will take place.
In a railway sector where responsibilities are fragmented, manufacturers legion and with a growing need for interoperability, what manufacturing rules must trains respect and how can you ensure they are compatible with the existing infrastructure?
Having told you about the huge regulatory changes that have taken place in the rail industry over the past decades, now we’ll be tackling the specifics of the trains themselves.
Since European railway space was created, there’s no need to be a historic operator to run rail services on the Continent. But what authorisations do you have to obtain first?