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    Realising the digital freight train


    French start-up Traxens has developed a digital brake testing procedure to reduce the time needed for pre-departure checks on freight trains. It could be the first step towards the creation of an IoT ecosystem to support rail freight operations. Nick Kingsley reports.

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    Railway computing needs open standards


    As trains become smarter, with software control of more and more subsystems, the adoption of open standards for embedded computing would enable a move towards simpler hardware platforms supporting a variety of modular applications.

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    Leveraging IoT to drive operational efficiencies


    Combining Edge and Cloud computing with an onboard IoT platform enables railway operators to consolidate and analyse multiple data streams, including visual intelligence and AI, potentially paving the way for automated train operation.

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    Australia: Automated operation is paying off


    Building on earlier technical enhancements, the roll-out of driverless operation under the AutoHaul project is already starting to deliver capacity and efficiency benefits that have more than justified a decade of development, Rio Tinto’s Shaun Robertson tells Chris Jackson. 

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    Philippines: Building to catch up


    Rail is among the cornerstones of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ initiative, with investment in and around the capital a priority to alleviate mounting traffic congestion. Peter Janssen reports from Manila.

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    Australia: Victoria’s Big Build forges ahead


    Level crossing removals, capacity enhancements and a cross-city tunnel through central Melbourne are among the rail projects at the centre of the state government’s infrastructure investment programme. John Kirk investigates.

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    Now hiring: Engineering Roles - Iarnród Éireann


    Organisation: Iarnród Éireann
    Location: Republic of Ireland
    Deadline: 6 December 2019

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    Vectron family goes bimode


    Siemens has developed a 2 MW electro-diesel variant of its modular locomotive family, which will help to reduce exhaust emissions where diesel trains now run on electrified routes. Dr Harry Hondius reports from München.

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    Accelerating the decarbonisation of rail


    Pressure to decarbonise rail transport has driven interest in hydrogen fuel cells and battery technology as an alternative to diesel traction. Both will find a growing role in the rail sector, but wider factors including emissions from power generation will also influence deployment choices.

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    Chief Technical Officer

    Organisation: KEOLIS
    Location: Hyderabad, India
    Deadline: 30 November 2019

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    Italy: Transformation at Italo-NTV


    These are important lessons to be learned from the remarkable business turnaround achieved by Italy’s high speed open access operator Italo-NTV in the last five years.

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    Italy: Terzo Valico line to open in 2023


    Construction of the long-planned third main line between Genova and Tortona is now in full swing. Benjámin Zelki reports fom northen Italy.

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    A holistic approach to asset management


    A ‘hockey stick model’ can be used to understand the risk of degradation in the condition of rail vehicles, which mitigates the risk of cost control and fleet availability problems for rolling stock owners. Imagine the scenario. You are the maintenance manager of a large suburban ...

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    Rail operating contracts must reflect sustainability goals


    Rail and urban transport operating contracts remain largely wedded to conventional metrics such as punctuality and capacity. But these do not adequately address wider sustainability goals or enable operators to increase the benefits of their operations for customers and wider society. The ability to move people ...

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    Mixed success in São Paulo

    The São Paulo urban rail network is expanding as the city’s suburbs grow rapidly. But some projects are stuck, and solutions need to be found to deal with overcrowding. Benjámin Zelki reports.

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    Toulouse: Transport investment for a growing population

    As Toulouse grows to become the fourth-largest city in France, it requires transport investment to keep up with the expanding population and to reduce car use.

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    Turkey: Deadline looms over 2023 master plan


    The Turkish government has spent much of the past decade investing in high speed lines and major route modernisation with the aim of launching a radically enhanced main line network in 2023, centenary of the modern republic. But there is much work still to do and funding problems are growing. ...

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    Oslo: Investing in a zero-emission future

    Oslo has a vision not only of a car-free city centre, but of emission-free public transport networks.

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    Stockholm: Transport plans accompany housing development

    Several metro expansion projects are due to be underway by the end of the year in a city where public transport has an 80% modal share at peak times.