Rail automation news

News about railway and urban transport automation projects and technology.

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    Praha metro Line C to be automated


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Praha city council has approved plans to automate the existing metro Line C. This would enable orders for trainsets, platform screen doors and CBTC to be combined with those for the future Line D which is currently being built for automatic operation. Deputy Mayor ...

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    Second busiest Paris metro line goes fully automatic


    FRANCE: Paris metro Line 4 has been fully converted to Grade of Automation 4 unattended operation

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    Automation: Robel embraces robots


    Robotics and automation are driving the development of the next generation of Robel’s track maintenance and measuring technology. Nick Kingsley reports from Freilassing.

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    Hiivr Rail autonomous wagon unveiled in Western Australia


    AUSTRALIA: Western Australia rail infrastructure concessionaire Arc Infrastructure and US technology partner Parallel Systems have unveiled a prototype autonomous container wagon following three years of development. The battery-powered wagon branded Hiivr Rail was demonstrated to government and industry stakeholders at the Kenwick Freight Rail Facility in ...

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    Moorgate branch ETCS goes live


    UK: Revenue-earning suburban services have started to use ETCS Level 2 over London’s Northern City Line from Finsbury Park to Moorgate.

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    Alstom wins €300m Paris RER CBTC framework


    FRANCE: Alstom is to equip lines B and D of the Paris RER network with the NExTEO train control system.

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    Interlocking upgrade on driverless heavy haul network


    AUSTRALIA: Hitachi Rail is to begin work shortly on the third and final phase of upgrading interlockings on Rio Tinto’s autonomous heavy haul rail network in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. In 2018 Rio Tinto launched automated operation under its AutoHaul programme, with Hitachi technology ...

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    Italy: Accelerating ERTMS deployment offers great benefits


    Italian infrastructure manager RFI has launched an accelerated programme to equip the entire national network with ETCS by 2036. National ETCS Project Manager Nazzareno Filippini explains the thinking behind the strategy.

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    Alstom to automate Belo Horizonte metro


    BRAZIL: Belo Horizonte metro operating concessionaire Metrô BH has awarded Alstom a contract to automate the existing Line 1 and the future Line 2. Alstom is to supply new signalling to enable automatic train operation on the 28·1 km Line 1 between Eldorado and Vilarinho and ...

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    Škoda showcases onboard safety and automation technology


    CZECH REPUBLIC: Škoda Group showcased its onboard technology for rolling stock at the Trako trade fair in Gdańsk on September 20. The equipment includes a safety system aimed at tram and light rail applications, and automation technology aimed at suburban and main line operations. The products ...

  • Bozankaya has delivered the first of seven domestically-developed four-car driverless trainsets for the Gebze metro.
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    Bozankaya delivers its first driverless metro trainset


    TURKEY: Bozankaya has delivered the first of seven domestically-developed four-car driverless trainsets for the Gebze metro. It was handed over on September 1 in the presence of Minister of Transport & Infrastructure Abdulkadir Uraloğlu, who described it as the ‘first Turkish driverless metro train’, with 63% ...

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    Three prequalify for København automated train contract


    DENMARK: Three potential bidders have prequalified for a contract to supply at least 226 fully automatic electric mutiple-units for the København S-bane suburban network.

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    Egypt: Safely expanding Cairo’s rail network


    TÜV Nord acted as the independent safety assessment body for Egypt’s Capital Train electric suburban railway that opened last year to link Cairo with 10th Ramadan City and the New Administrative Capital. Lead Safety Auditor Karin Seibold explains the company’s role in ensuring the line’s safe operation to Benjámin Zelki.

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    Autonomous battery-powered wagons to be tested in Georgia


    USA: Genesee & Wyoming is to pilot the use of autonomous battery-powered wagons on two short lines in Georgia, saying the technology from Parallel Systems could be used to transport containers to and from the Port of Savannah, reinvigorate rural railways, revive inland ports and remove ...

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    Siemens Mobility to supply 28 EMUs for Digital Node Stuttgart project


    GERMANY: Siemens Mobility has been awarded a contract to supply electric multiple-units equipped for attended automated operation as part of the Digital Node Stuttgart pilot project within the Digital Schiene Deutschland (Digital Rail Germany) programme. The €300m contract awarded by the Land of Baden-Württemberg’s rolling stock ...

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    Robot shunting locomotives deployed at Kazakh coal mine


    KAZAKHSTAN: German shunting equipment specialist Vollert has supplied five twin-section DER 300 diesel-electric automated robots for moving 1 km long trains of up to 6 900 tonnes through loading equipment at the Bogatyr open-cast coal mine in Ekibastuz. As part of a programme to expand production ...

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    Montréal’s REM automated light metro opens


    CANADA: The first section of Montreal’s Réseau Express Métropolitain automated light metro was formally inaugurated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier of Québec François Legault and Mayor Valérie Plante on July 28. Large numbers of people took advantage of a weekend of free travel on July ...

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    Sytral sets out Lyon metro investment plan


    Photos: Jérémie Anne FRANCE: Lyon transport authority Sytral Mobilités has presented a €1·6bn programme covering renewal and enhancement of the city’s four-line metro network from 2023 to 2035. The investment is split into three tranches, funded from Sytral’s own resources. In 2023-26, €222m is to be ...

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    Automated train positioning trials


    GERMANY: Fully automated operation of regional passenger trains has moved a step closer with the launch this month of the AutomatedTrain project by Deutsche Bahn and partners from industry and research. Forming part of the Digital Schiene Deutschland (Digital Rail Germany) initiative, the project aims to ...

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    Paris metro operator sets out major investment programme


    FRANCE: Paris transport operator RATP has announced a major investment programme for 2025-29, with spending to increase from €1·9bn to €2·5bn a year. CEO Jean Castex said developing a culture of automation is one of the main priorities, along with greater standardisation. There will be an ...