Voith Turbo has started series production of 180 power packs being supplied to Alstom for use in Trenitalia’s Minuetto multiple-unit fleet. The pre-assembled modules incorporate an Iveco V8 diesel engine, Voith T212bre transmission, cooling system, auxiliary generator and drive control equipment mounted in a Flexframe structure that can be bolted directly onto the vehicle.

Voith Turbo, Germany

Reader Enquiry Number: 141

Hitachi has developed a broadband train information and control network designated B-System, which is being marketed in conjunction with its aluminium-bodied A-Train concept. Based around the B-LAN, the system consolidates all subsystem controls into a single ’brain’. Replaceable cassette modules handle traction inverters and brakes, auxiliary equipment such as air-conditioning, lighting and doors, plus on-train video security cameras, passenger information and multimedia entertainment, and the network provides real-time links to a lineside control centre and maintenance facilities.

Hitachi Transportation Systems, Japan

Reader Enquiry Number: 142

Zebra Technologies is supplying a range of belt-pack printers for use with hand-held personal digital assistants adapted for on-train ticket issuing. Using thermal paper rolls of 50, 75 or 100mm width, the battery-operated printers can be configured to communicate with the PDA using a wireless LAN or Bluetooth module as required.

Zebra Technologies, USA

Reader Enquiry Number: 143

Wayfarer Transit Systems has completed a two-year programme to introduce smart card fare collection across the entire network of the Northern Ireland rail and bus operator Translink (RG 2.02 p99). This included the supply of 1570 SmartTGX150 ticket machines, plus 270 portable machines for ticket issuing and inspection.

Wayfarer Transit Systems, UK

Reader Enquiry Number: 144