PJM is supporting ÖBB with approval testing of the 33 Nightjet night trainsets being supplied by Siemens Mobility. This includes the use of six instrumented wheelsets and testing of dynamic behaviour, fatigue strength, acoustics and aerodynamics.

Voith Heidenheim main entrance

Voith completed the acquisition of gear and coupler manufacturer IGW Rail from BMT Group on October 4, and is to integrate the Brno-based business into its Turbo Group Division. ‘We are further expanding our offering and strengthening our position as a global supplier of rail vehicle components’, said Voith Turbo President & CEO Cornelius Weitzmann. ‘The exchange of ideas and visions as well as the bundling of resources will enable an even closer customer proximity.’

From December replacement and emergency train operator Train Rental GmbH will be using IVU Traffic Technologies’ IVU.rail software-as-a-service for planning the deployment of its vehicles and staff throughout Germany. ‘Preparation of replacement and emergency transport is a very fast-moving business with numerous changes at short notice’, said Managing Director Tobias Richter. ‘That’s why we opted for a powerful software solution that can precisely evaluate and optimally process a very wide variance of data.’

Previously head of customer service at DB Cargo, Iris Hilb is to take over as CEO of wagon leasing company Wascosa in January 2023, succeeding Peter Balzer who becomes President of the Wascosa board. Former owner Philipp Müller remains Chairman of the Luxembourg-based holding company which controls both Wascosa Group and Aves One.

An agreement has been reached for users of Belden’s Eagle40-6M industrial firewall to supplement it with an optimised version of Cylus’ CylusOne cybersecurity software for rolling stock and signalling systems.

Berta Barrero and Pablo Freire

Indra and Spanish 5G operator Masmovil are to collaborate to develop communications services for the transport market, with a validation and testing facility at Indra’s site in Madrid. ‘In Spain, all transport infrastructure, airports, railway stations and roads are expected to have 5G by 2025 and, for the European Commission, the deployment and development of transport corridors with this technology for connected and autonomous mobility is a priority’ said Berta Barrero, Managing Director of Indra’s Mobility business.

To facilitate the planned sale of the Thales Ground Transportation Systems business to Hitachi Rail, Thales Deutschland has transferred its rail activities in Arnstadt, Berlin and Ditzingen to a new stand-alone subsidiary, GTS Deutschland GmbH, with effect from October 1. Headed by CEO Oliver Dörre, the transition company remains part of Thales Group pending regulatory approval of the transfer to Hitachi which is now anticipated for January 1 2023.