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GCF in Berlin to meet the best of the railway industry
This is the leading international trade fair for transport technology. Innotrans takes place every two years and draws the best of the railway industry to Berlin. GCF will be attending InnoTrans 2018 which is being held for the 12th year from 18 to 21 September with its own stand to promote its expertise and meet international suppliers, customers and partners.
In France the Rossi Group has renewed over 1,000 kilometres of track
Over 1,000 kilometres of completely renewed railway line. GCF's summer in France has reached a significant landmark for the made in Italy Suite Rapide. With a series of 22 sites – starting with the Pau Dax one in 2013 – on 35 sections of the French railway network, the Rossi Group, head of the Transalp Renouvellement Consortium, has delivered 1,078 kilometres of new track – by replacing rails and sleepers – and 1,094 kilometres of cleaned ballast to SNCF, the French national railway company in just under six years. All this has been done at a rate of 1,000 metres per day as outlined in the Suite Rapide protocol, the "fast lane" of the French railway network General Renewal Plan.
GCF starts work on the bridge over the lagoon focusing both on its aesthetic appeal and practical application
A new overhead contact line for the bridge over the lagoon which connects Mestre to the Station of Venezia S. Lucia. The work which Generale Costruzioni Ferroviarie began a month ago is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The company will deliver a completely reconstructed overhead line to its client RFI using innovative materials and design criteria that combine and maximize aesthetic appeal and practical application.
The new variant on the Trento-Malé route in Trentino completed
Lavis, Trentino: the official inauguration will be held soon for the modern, innovative underground railway variant equipped by GCF – on behalf of Trentino Trasporti – with a rigid catenary. This highly innovative project was launched two years ago and is part of the development policies implemented in the Trentino Region for an effective intermodal transport system serving the valleys and tourism.
A month of tests for the new Suite Rapide train in the French Department of Oise in Picardy. At the Beauvais depot, 80 kilometres to the north of Paris, the new trains and machinery that GCF has purchased by itself or with the Transalp Renouvellement Consortium, appear on a sort of railway "red carpet". Almost 80 million euros have been invested in an innovative, super efficient second Suite Rapide train.
The official "Goldene Schwelle" event marks the completion of GCF's track work on the Ceneri Tunnel.
The LVT (Low Vibration Track) blocks, the last in a series of 98,000, are gold in colour and have been fixed into the concrete under the eyes of politicians, personalities from the business world and journalists. The official event “Goldene Schwelle”, held on Wednesday 30 May in Camerino, with the casting of the "gold blocks" marks an important stage for the Monte Ceneri Base Tunnel and for GCF: completion of the track work.
GCF completes the trackwork on the circle line in Copenhagen.
A milestone achievement on Cityringen, the new M3 line on the Copenhagen Metro, draws nearer. Last week, GCF - specialist sub-contractor for the Ansaldo Group - completed the trackwork on the twin tunnel circle line which covers the whole of the Danish capital.
Night work to renew 40 kilometres of French railway line.
Railway renewal work fully under way in the French department of Rhône-Alpes on the 908000 Valence-Moirans line. The second 2018 Suite Rapide worksite awarded to Transalp Renouvellement, the consortium that GCF heads, has been operating for two weeks on the Valence - Saint Paul les Romains section of the line.
Innovative solutions from GCF for servicing trains high speed
It consists of approximately 250 metres of track raised on posts for each of the 4 lanes and a fully equipped shed covering 8,500 square metres with an innovative removable rigid overhead catenary. Lit during the daytime by over 1,000 powerful LED lights, the modern maintenance depot built by GCF and commissioned by RFI for trains high speed in Mestre is now fully operational.
GCF's MobiTurn: the first mobile lathe in Italy is used for the first time.
Four articulated lorries, eight lifters each weighing 35 tonnes, a massive computerized and motorized lathe, the only one of its kind, and a team of specialized technicians. At Sacile, in the worksite next to the station, GCF's “MobiTurn”, the first mobile wheelset lathe in Italy, has been used for the first time.