NORTH KOREA: Investment in research to develop local skills in locomotive production, track components and IT systems has been stepped up in North Korea, reports the State Academy of Sciences.

SAS’s Branch Academy of Railway Science subsidiary has achieved ‘many successes’ in developing IT-based processes for rail transport, and it reports ‘improving efficiency’ with its ‘stationary rail-butt welder’ design.

The Railway Vehicles Institute has established an ‘integrated production system’ in the wiring division of the Kim Jong Thae Electric Locomotive Complex, as part of a research programme aimed at producing high-power designs.