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Published: 18 May 2020

Arctic Railway Infrastructure in Kolarctic

Researchers: Matti Rantatalo (PL), Amir Garmabaki, Mattias Holmgren, Johan Odelius, Saad Ahmed Khan.

Sponsor/Grant: Kolactic

Duration: 2018-2021​

Objective: In the Kolarctic region, the railway plays an important role for freight transport of minerals & ore, fish, grocery, paper and timber. Travel with train in the Kolarctic region is also becoming increasingly popular among commuters and tourists. Generally, in Europe and the Kolarctic region, there is an expectation of a gradual increasing demand of transport capacity on the railway network. The Kolarctic region provides extremely challenging conditions for railway operation and maintenance. The ARINKA project´s main objective is to increase railway capacity in the Kolarctic region and to contribute to making railway network, operations and maintenance smarter, more sustainable and climate-proof.
Projects status and results: The ARINKA project aims to develop a crossborder railway research and develop collaboration between parties from the different countries in the Kolarctic region. The main objective of the ARINKA project is to make the railway (and transport) in Kolarctic more reliable, sustainable and climate-proof under arctic or cold climate conditions, specifically by:

  • Building competences and exchange railway know-how and best practice solutions to develop recommendations for upgrading existing railways to be able to increase the transport capacity.
  • Improved, new and more cost-effective maintenance and railway operations by giving recommendations on sensor and monitor setup for railway in Kolarctic for more effective railway operations.
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