ARINKA Workshop in Luleå
The 2nd ARINKA workshop was held on February 10-11, 2020 in Luleå, Sweden. Luleå University of Technology hosted the workshop with more than 30 participants from Finland, Norway, Russia and Sweden.
It was especially gratifying with the great attendance from RZD (Russian railways), Bane NOR and Trafikverket . Each railway company held several interesting presentations at the workshop in Luleå.
During the days in Luleå, presentations from the various work packages in the ARINKA project were given. The participants had good discussions, by sharing experiences from different railway technical aspects. It was concluded that the different Kolarctic countries have a lot in common. One is climatic challenges. Harsh weather and climate changes have an impact on the Kolarctic railway network performances all year round. However, there is also some diversity between the different countries, which is particularly concerning on how the railways are operated and how maintenance work are organized and implemented.
Representatives from the supplier industry did also attend the workshop in Luleå. TR Engineering is a Russian company, that specializes in engineering and production of geotechnical natural hazard protection systems for railway sub-structures.
A visit to the Swedish steel producer SSAB in Luleå was also organized. The ARINKA participants were given an interesting presentation of the company, and a site visit in the plant, where high-strength steel slabs are produced. The raw material, Iron ore, is transported 300 km by iron ore trains, from LKAB’s mines in Kiruna and Malmberget to SSAB’s steel plant in Luleå.