2nd Edition

Railway Transportation Systems Design, Construction and Operation

By Christos N. Pyrgidis Copyright 2022
    594 Pages 303 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    594 Pages 303 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    Railway Transportation Systems covers the entire range of railway passenger systems, from conventional and high-speed intercity systems to suburban, regional, operating on steep gradients, and urban ones. It also examines in depth freight railway systems transporting conventional loads, heavy loads, and dangerous goods.

    For each system, the text provides a definition; an overview of its evolution and examples of good practice; the main design, construction, and operational characteristics; and the preconditions for its selection. Additionally, it offers a general overview of safety, interfaces with the environment, forces acting on the track, and techniques that govern the stability and guidance of railway vehicles.

    This new edition brings two new chapters. One concerns pre-feasibility studies of urban rail projects, and the other analyses the operation of railway systems under specific weather conditions and natural phenomena. New material examines dilemmas, trends and innovations in rail freight transportation; a new definition for high-speed rail; a number of case studies; and an update of cutting-edge technologies. It is ideal for graduate students, engineers, consultants, manufacturers, and transport company executives who need a reference and guide.

    1. The railway as a transport system

    2. Loads on track

    3. Behaviour of rolling stock on track

    4. Tramway

    5. Metro

    6. Monorail

    7. Automatic passenger transport railway systems of low- and medium-transport capacity

    8. Suburban railway

    9. Rack railway

    10. Cable railway systems for steep gradients

    11. Organisation and management of passenger intercity railway transport

    12. High-speed networks and trains

    13. Tilting trains

    14. Metric track gauge intercity railway networks

    15. Organisation and management of freight railway transport

    16. Heavy haul rail transport

    17. Operation of railway systems under specific weather conditions and natural phenomena

    18. Railway safety

    19. Railway and the natural environment

    20. The research in the railway domain - Cutting-edge technologies in railways

    21. Applicability verification – A supporting tool for the conduction of feasibility studies of urban mass railway transportation systems


    Christos N. Pyrgidis is a professor in railway engineering at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh), Greece. He earned a diploma in civil engineering (AUTh, 1981). He specialised for five years at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, Paris, France, in transportation infrastructure (CES), transport economics (DEA), and railway engineering (PhD). From 2004 – 2007, he served as the Greek representative to the Administrative Board of the European Railway Agency. Since 2014 he has been a member of the Scientific Committee of SHIFT2RAIL.