The accreditation of this automatic gauge change system is a real milestone in the field of railway innovation because it solves the problem of the existence of networks with different track gauges, something that significantly affects freight traffic.
A freight train equipped with this variable gauge axle can run between the various borders on different track gauges, since the axle automatically changes the gauge, thus load break points are eliminated, travel times are shortened and costs are reduced.
Following the laboratory tests and the on-track tests, the third and last phase of tests is being developed, with trains covering 150,000 kilometres as commercial trains on tracks of both gauges and with maximum load and maximum permitted speed.
With the approval of the new Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSI) of Wagons, expected in June 2019, the variable gauge axle system for freight will be authorised throughout Europe as an interoperability constituent.
TRIA and ALVAC on a JV, have started works for the installation of the first 10 km of the track inside the tunnel of L2 in Metro Lima.
This track has the following characteristics:
Double track with UIC 60 welded rail, direct plates from the manufacturer (Vossloh).
The works start at the main depot of Santa Anita, where TRIA and ALVAC have installed all the ballast tracks and the pit tracks on the workshop.
Tria will be representing the Catenary manufacturer ARRUTI on the U.K.
ARRUTI is a producer of catenary parts from Bilbao in Spain. Outside of Spain, ARRUTI has provided materials for catenaries on several world wide projects such as "Mecca / Madinah high speed train", "México / Toluca intercity", Grenoble Tram, etc.
ARRUTI parts are homologated in Spain (ADIF), France (SNCF), México, Saudi Arabia, and currently are being homologated in Norway.
TRIA Group has opened a branch in the United Kingdom with an office located in Doncaster.
This strategic move aims to position the company in the railway sector together with local partners already established among the top management of the sector in the country.
This new challenge is faced by TRIA with great enthusiasm and optimism and continues with the international growth of the Group in the last years.
The objective of the contract signed with FESUR is the improvement and rehabilitation of the current conditions in the 11.5 km track superstructure. of the stretch between Coronel and Horcones, in order to make train traffic safer.
The main works consist of track and gutter restructuring, replacement of wooden sleepers, seat plates and renewal of contaminated ballast. They also include the improvement of the longitudinal and transversal drainages of the track.
The duration of the works is estimated at 7 months.
With this work TRIA grow into the Latin American market.
A team of TRIA, headed by the president, attends these days at InnoTrans in Berlin.
The main objective is to present the OGI Axle internationally once 100,000kms have been already completed and provisional authorization has been obtained for commercial use.
Those interested can visit the presentation in Hall 22, Stand 704 of Mafex.
TRIA has completed the works for the enhanment of the Bayobar depot at one end of the line, and also the turnouts on the main track. This works consist on replacing the existing track with the corresponding switch in 16 locations. Since it is done without interrupting the normal rail operation, the track works are done on working windows of 12 hours that go from Saturday night to Sunday morning. In each intervention, the existing track is removed, ballast cleared, the switch is installed, welded, leveled, aligned and right afther the works, the trains operate without speed restriction. For this works we are using some special equipment that allow to transport the switch completely assembled and welded from the assembly facility at the end of the line, and install it with sincronised positioners at the exact point on the track.
The president of the TRIA Group, Francisco Paños, exhibited at the FERRMED Conference at the International Logistics and Material Handling Exhibition held on June 7 in Barcelona with the aim of promoting the development of the Trans-European Rail Network to facilitate the transport of goods by rail.
In the presentation, Francisco spoke about the stimulus that the OGI Axles can suppose for the transport of international freights.
The axles have already made the 100,000 km of tests in service of the first and second PHASE and therefore will have authorization of commissioning and authorization of circulation shortly so it can be used in commercial use.
A few days ago a team of engineers from CRRC, the biggest train manufacturer in the world, visited the headquarters in Spain.
The Chinese company is interested in collaborating with TRIA in the design of a gauge changer compatible with the variable width technology that they are currently developing, given that TRIA is considered a global reference in that area.
In accordance with the planned schedule Tria, Azvi and Adif have completed the second stage of testing in the accreditation process for the Variable Gauge Freight Axles with extremely satisfactory results.
This second stage consisted of 50,000km of trials along conventional or Iberian gauge (1668 mm) track with maximum authorized load and speeds. 38,900km took place on conventional gauge and 11,200 km on international gauge.
Trials along conventional gauge track took place between Alcázar de San Juan and La Encina stations, while international gauge trials were between Villarrubia de Santiago and Monforte del Cid stations on the Madrid-Bifurcación Albacete-Alicante high speed line.
TRIA, in consortium with AZVI, has been awarded a contract for the manteinance of the overhead line and substations of a section of the high speed line between Valencia and Xátiva (52km) in Spain. The contract has been awarded for an 18 month periode with the posibility of an extension.
The TRIA Group, in its permanent commitment to rail R&D, has joined the New Railway Innovation Hub as a partner. It is a private initiative to create a space for railway innovation with a private management model and almost 50 partners to try to become a world reference in railway innovation.
For this purpose, it is intended to promote the technology and knowledge of the railway sector at an international level, through the generation of collaborative R & D projects, the commercialization of technology and know-how, the promotion of entrepreneurship and the provision of specialized services.
Tria is installing the track and the overhead electric line for the FI consortium in the Intercity train between México city and Toluca.
The line is 56 km long with double track, electrified and for a max speed of 160 km/h. 90% of it runs along an elevated viaduct an the rest in tunnel.
The track is constructed as a concrete slab track with "edilon" base plates with UIC 60 rails butt welded.
The first phase of the project comprehends 17 km of viaduct starting from the depots at Toluca as well as the depot tracks.
The track installation of this phase is finished while the catenary works will be finished on the month of January 2.018.
The next phase of the project is expected to start on the first trimester of 2.018, when a new portion of the viaduct is due to be liberated by the infrastructure contractors.
The first 50,000 km has been completed succesfully (Phase I) of service trialson the OGI variable-gauge freight Axles as specified by the ETH, Technical Specifications for Accreditation of Railway Material: Wagons.
This first 50,000 km phase was undertaken on 1,668 mm Iberian width tracks, on lines 310 Stretch: Aranjuez-Cuenca and 300 Stretch: Alcázar de San Juan-La Encina, at the maximum permitted speed and full load.
Currently, Phase II of the Service Trials is being carried out. This consists of 50,000 kilometres on Iberian width track (1,668 mm) and, at least 20%, on UIC or international width (1,435 mm), including a minimum of 50 gauge changes, at maximum load and permitted speed. The second phase is expected to be completed in February 2018.
Once the 100,000 kilometres corresponding to Phase I and II of the service trials have been completed, the OGI axles will obtain Authorizations for Service and Circulation and they will be able to run commercial services at the maximum speed authorized, to carry out the 150,000 kilometres corresponding to the third and final phase of these tests.
Tria Australia is opening in May 2017 with the aim of participating and contributing our expertise and knowledge on many rail projects planned for the immediate future by the Australian government. Tria believes in the growth potential of the Australian market and is confident that it will be a part of this success.
Tria Australia will be based in Sydney where our local representative will be managing and guiding our affairs to become a serious player in the Australian rail sector.
The OGI consortium, composed of TRIA and AZVI, have started the first tests at the changeover facility in Albacete. Previously, this month, an axle prototype has concluded the first stage, of 6 million cycles, at the bench tests at CETEST.
At the changeover, a container platform with 2 boogies and 4 OGI-920 mm axles, has performed several gauge changing operations. In 2 weeks, 2 more wagons will arrive at the test site with 2 OGI-760 mm wheel sets. The complete testing train will be loaded at maximum capacity and then 500 changing operations will be performed. At this point the test runs will start and 250.000 km on the standard and iberian gauge networks will be made.
Tria has built a test track at the CAF´s factory in Zaragoza. The project includes a 3 rail slab track, catenary energized at 3.000 VDC, and it also has a PIT, Stoppers and several special devices that are being tested for CAF´s R&D.
A new train connecting the Mexican cities of Puebla and Cholula, site of famous mayan pyramids, has been inaugurated by the Mexican President, Mr. Peña Nieto and Puebla’s Governor,Mr. Moreno Valle.
Tria has participated in this project, supplying the workshop equipment and installations and the ticketing, communications, PA announcing system, Information systems and several other multipurpose equipment. We have also provided operational advise.
The line will have 5 stations. It will run on diesel units from Staedler with a capacity of 284 passengers per train. The project is intended to increase tourist attraction and investments on the metropolitan areas of Puebla and Cholula.