Electrification co-operation agreement

 

News article: Electrification co-operation agreement

EUROPE: Austrian railway electrification and transmission line specialist Powerlines Group and Italian railway substation, switchgear and control systems manufacturer Mont-Ele announced a strategic co-operation agreement on May 19.

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EUROPE: Austrian railway electrification and transmission line specialist Powerlines Group and Italian railway substation, switchgear and control systems manufacturer Mont-Ele announced a strategic co-operation agreement on May 19.

‘This synergetic partnership will be of benefit to both parties’, said Powerlines Group CEO Gerhard Ehringer. ‘Powerlines has found a reliable supplier of ultra-modern switchgears, and Mont-Ele has a sustainable partnership for the distribution of its products in central and northern Europe. In future, by expanding its product portfolio Powerlines will be able to provide all the services required for the electrification of the entire system, from electricity provision to catenary, all from a single source.’
Electrification co-operation agreement

Great.  Now employ this consortium in Victoria to electrify the Stony Point, Marshall (Via RRL), Ballarat, Seymour and Gisbourne lines.  My god we live in a backwater.

Get it done for the next generation.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Denmark is undertaking 1300 ams of electrification over the next 5 years.  Their power generation is almost 100% green energy from wind power.  Australia could lower its carbon footprint with electrification using wind and solar power.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
We had electrification to Traralgon, but it was removed years ago.  I think it was said at the time that diesel was cheaper than electricity for non-suburban use?

The cost of electrification of most of the lines mentioned could probably not be justified, regardless of the undoubted longer term benefits or the source of the electricity.  It's not just the cost of stringing up the wires;  you would also need new locomotives and trains, and probably new signalling and stabling as well.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
It is about being socially and environmentally responsible. Why must everything come back to money in Australia?  Probably why nothing gets done.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
It is about being socially and environmentally responsible. Why must everything come back to money in Australia?  Probably why nothing gets done.
x31
I agree entirely in principle, but in practice you can't do anything unless you have (or can borrow) the money to pay for it.

I learnt at school (a long time ago now) that Economics is to do with the optimal allocation of limited resources among a large number of various and competing ends.  It's called prioritising, and I would guess that electrifying some of those lines would not be high on the list.  Sad but true.

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