• Highly specialized in  railway construction work

    Highly specialized in
    railway construction work

  • High speed

    High speed

  • Maintenance

    Maintenance

  • Electrification

    Electrification

  • Renewal / Rehabilitation

    Renewal / Rehabilitation

  • Signalling

    Signalling

  • Construction

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  • Metro Lines

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    Present everywhere

  • Highly specialized in  railway construction work
  • High speed
  • Maintenance
  • Electrification
  • Renewal / Rehabilitation
  • Signalling
  • Construction
  • Metro Lines
  • Present everywhere

Sixty-five years of history...

We have over 60 years of excellence in the railway infrastructures field. We especially focus on innovation and performance times. Experience, efficiency, speed and reliability are the keywords in our Mission.
Sixty-five years of history...

GCF

Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie

Sixty-five years of history...

GCF

A "pioneering" image of railway construction sites

... of investments in machinery and technology...

We rely on a large pool of high-efficiency production machinery
so that GCF can compete on an international scale in terms of services, lead time, safety and process and product quality.
... of investments in machinery and technology...

Machine Fleet.

Over 600 machines, for any situation.

... of investments in machinery and technology...

Matisa P 95

One of the top performing re-laying trains
at work on-site in France.

...of projects in Italy and abroad.

Experience, recent technologies, modern machines:
GCF takes up the challenges directly on site to overcome obstacles, innovate processes and finalise its organisational and execution models.
...of projects in Italy and abroad.

Operations

Railway infrastructures, Electrification, Signalling, Maintenance

...of projects in Italy and abroad.

Operations

Railway infrastructures, Electrification, Signalling, Maintenance

Railway works

are our business

Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie: Highly specialized in railway construction work

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Aarhus and the tram-train strategy

The light rail transit combined with the railway system is the cornerstone of Aarhus's future. It will relieve traffic congestion from cars and buses in one of Denmark's most rapidly growing cities in recent years and will be able to sustain future growth without having a negative impact on the environment and increase the quality of life of its inhabitants.

Situated in the heart of an agricultural area, Aarhus, with the largest hospital in Europe, its university and its modern port, is likely to expand and develop even further over the next ten years as a centre for production, services, culture and technological innovation.
European funding from the EIB of almost €2 million within the framework of the ELENA programme supported the preliminary technical studies needed to assess how to combine greater, more efficient mobility with lower emissions: this led to the Aarhus Light Rail Transit (LRT) Project, based on the tram-train strategy, one of Denmark's most important investments in its future.

Below: 4 February 2016. Aarhus Norrebrogade: the first track in the city

GCF Metro Aarhus Primo binario 1
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The urban light rail section

The new urban light rail double track line crosses the entire city from Nørreport, north of Aarhus H Central Station, and connects the city's busiest areas: the Dokk1 library, Aarhus University, the massive hospital complex and the rapidly expanding areas of Skejby and Lisbjerg.

Completed in just 27 months, the track work has been carried out by GCF, partly on concrete and partly on ballast, using logistic strategies, engineering solutions and technical workarounds that were tested and implemented to tackle the problems that the often extremely cold climate, the constant flow of cars and bicycles, the architectural context and the very tight deadlines posed.

To construct a total of 15 kilometres of urban rail line, about 13,000 m3 of concrete and over 300 tons of rails had to be moved, 46 points constructed, 14 large junctions crossed, platforms for 19 new stations built, innovative solutions devised and different floor finishes (asphalt, paving, grass) designed so that the rails blended into the city's various architectural contexts.
"Logistics," the Site Director, Roberto Rocca, said, "was a very important on the site due to the need to adequately organize and manage heavy goods vehicles and supplies of materials and concrete and minimize the impact on traffic in the centre."
Another important aspect of the track work in the city was the need to design anti-vibration and sound-absorbing solutions to reduce noise as much as possible by using floating slab track with anti-vibration mats.

Below: some highpoints of the GCF worksite in Aarhus, the city with the second largest population in Denmark

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The innovative Control Maintenance Centre

In the south-west, extending over an area of approximately 5,200 m2 connected with a dedicated track to Aarhus Central Station, the Letbane project has involved GCF in the design and construction of the CMC (Control Maintenance Centre) on a turnkey basis. Work began in April 2015 and was completed in July 2016.

Qui trovano sede gli uffici direzionali e di gestione del traffico metropolitano del Network Control Centre, oltre che le officine di manutenzione, lavaggio e controllo dei veicoli. Inoltre, irradiate da circa 2.000 metri di binario su ballast, le aree di manovra e di stazionamento dei veicoli e il deposito in grado di ospitare al coperto ben 16 dei 26 tram e tram-treni forniti da Stadler.

This is where the Network Control Centre head and traffic control offices are located along with the vehicle maintenance, washing and inspection workshops. Surrounded by over 2,000 metres of track on ballast, it also includes vehicle manoeuvring and standing areas and a covered depot which can accommodate 16 of the 26 trams and tram trains supplied by Stadler.

The entire fleet of 14 VarioBahn trams and 12 Tango tram trains will be powered by the Danish power grid which generates 39% of its power from wind turbines. For this reason, the light rail system will make a significant contribution to Aarhus's goal of going CO2 neutral by 2030.

Below: the innovative Control Maintenance Centre serving the light rail system.

Control Maintenance Centre - Aarhus LRT


GCF Metro Aarhus, il CMC 1
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GCF Metro Aarhus, il CMC 4
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GCF Metro Aarhus, il CMC 12

The extra-urban section

One of the LRT project's strengths is the fact that it connects the urban rail section with two existing rail lines, both of which have been completely upgraded and converted to a “light railway” that can be used by trams and tram trains as well as goods trains when necessary.

The resulting backbone extends the urban transport system another 69 kilometres north of Aarhus to the port city of Grenaa and 26.5 kilometres south to Odder, rebuilding the existing heavy rail lines and equipping them with modern electrification and signalling equipment, with 28 substations and underground cableways passing through over 200 junctions.

This work which is currently under way is scheduled for completion by 2018.

When completed, Aarhus will have a unique, highly efficient transport system that extends for over 110 kilometres with 51 stops and one that can transport 39,000 passengers a day at speeds of up to 100 kilometres per hour.

Below: work north of Aarhus on the extra-urban section to Grenaa

Aarhus LRT, The extra-urban section


GCF Metro Aarhus, la linea Extraurbana 1
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  • Monte Ceneri Tunnel: the first of the two bores has been delivered.

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  • Suite Rapide and Lots 1 and 2 for GCF in France

    Substantial investments for GCF in renewal work sites in France.

    These sites will cover half of the French regions and have been assigned the task of renewing, by cleaning the ballast and replacing sleepers and rails, 473 kilometres of railway line by the end of the year. Suite Rapide, at a rate of 1,000 m per day.
    2018 marks the start of a new period for GCF in France where it will play a leading role in a project that involves big figures.

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  • Aarhus uses GCF tracks for the first time

    The first light rail system in Denmark is now up and running.

    This is the first light rail system in Denmark and a strategic infrastructure for the development of Aarhus, Denmark's second largest city by population, and the whole Central Jutland region.
    For GCF it has been an important, challenging urban transport site and one where its skills and expertise and the ability to find solutions and implement them in a very short time have played a very important part. The official opening and operating of the urban section have put a winning seal on the project; the next extra-urban stage is now under way and will be completed by the end of the year when 100 kilometres of renewed railway line will be delivered.

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    A project portfolio worth 1,352 million euros from 2018 to 2024 - one billion in the next three years alone; investments worth 100 million euros in trains and high efficiency machinery; number of employees increased by 60% in two years and currently standing at 1,059. A promising start in new markets, fibre optics for example. This is the profile of the Gruppo Rossi that emerged at the end-of-year convention attended by approximately 250 GCF and Gefer executives and managers..

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  • The last 2017 Suite Rapide site breaks all records

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  • The Monte Ceneri Tunnel - an innovative worksite

    GCF machines and procedures for the Monte Ceneri track.

    GCF's work on the railway track in the Monte Ceneri Base Tunnel features specially designed machines and innovative solutions.
    This has been highlighted by the magazine "Strade e Autostrade" which, in the latest September/October issue, dedicated a special article to GCF's worksite in Switzerland and drew attention to the unique engineering solutions adopted at the site which is a vital stage of the NFTA project.

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