Voith has commissioned a multi-functional transmission test bench at its Heidenheim site in Germany. This can test transmission performance under conditions including temperatures from -50°C to +85°C, mechanical stress, wind flow velocities of up to 180 km/h and ice build-up. It also enables testing of noise levels. ‘Our unique test bench provides the best conditions for the optimum further development of our gear units and turbo transmissions’, said Research Engineer Stefan Hülsmann. ‘Function tests, driving simulations and endurance runs can be carried out for all dimensions, from Siberian cold to desert-like heat’.

On October 15 Wabtec opened its new global headquarters in the North Shore area of Pittsburgh, where around 250 staff will be based.

The European Investment Bank is to provide Ingeteam with a €70m Innovation Loan under the Investment Plan for Europe to support a research and development programme in areas including rail and sustainable energy.

Nick Salt has been appointed CEO of Systra UK, joining the company from Galliford Try where he was Managing Director for Infrastructure.