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Railway Infrastructure - Asset Management

We would like to invite you to our 5th webinar on Railway Infrastructure - Asset Management, on 27 APR 2023, 10:00 - 13:00 CEST.

 Registration link is available here.

  • Focus: Outsourcing, Track Access Charging
  • Topics: Life Cycle Management (LCM), Life Cycle Costs (LCC), Sustainability, Proof of Economic Efficiency.
  • Presented by: Prof. Dr. Peter Veit and Prof. Dr. Stefan Marsching, Graz University of Technology, Austria




10:00 – 10:10 Welcome, Introduction.

10:10 – 11:00 Part one: Types of Outsourcing.

11:00 – 11:15 Q&A / Break.

11:15 – 11:45 Part two: Track Access Charges in an Open Access Regime.

11:45 – 12:00 Q&A / Break.

12:00 – 12:45 Track Access Charging seen from a Track-Engineering Perspective.

12:45 – 13:00 Q&A.

13:00 – 13:10 Preview on Topics of coming up Seminars.





The organisation of maintenance execution is heavily discussed within railway infrastructure companies. In principle it can be done in-house or via outsourcing. However, in case of outsourcing there are two totally different options: outsourcing of specified track work or outsourcing of entire maintenance. The responsibilities, processes and resulting consequences of these two options will be discussed.


Track access charges are necessary in open access regimes in order to cover at least partly the infrastructure costs by the revenues of rail operation. These charges are strictly regulated as infrastructure is a natural monopoly. Thus, the charges need to be transparent and fair. There are lots of different aspects to be considered.


Transport volume is often addressed as gross-tonnage when it comes to track degradation, maintenance needs and maintenance costs. Consequently, gross-tonne-kilometers are often used for the purpose of track access charging. Tonnage and thus weight are insufficient to address track loading: the vehicle properties, and thereby mainly axle load, unsprung mass and bogie stiffness, and train speed have major impact on track maintenance demands. Moreover, vehicle innovation cannot be incentivised if not addressed by vehicle-specific access charges.


Looking forward to a fruitful discussion!


Best regards,

Dr. Wolfgang Mayr-Knoch

WBETHINK. Initiative GmbH

 Hornsteiner Weg 50 | 9201 Krumpendorf | Austria | Tel.: +43 664 6124004

 E-Mail: wolfgang[dot]mayrknoch[at]wethink[dot]eu |