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  • Shift2Rail Catalogue of Solutions

    Latest Shift2Rail call for proposals attracts strong market interest


    EUROPE: The 2020 Shift2Rail call for proposals has prompted requests for railway research funding worth €113∙3m, the joint technology initiative announced on May 29. A total of 43 proposals have been submitted with a total value of €185∙8m, of which S2R would support €113m. Eight were ...

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    Freight innovation funding applications invited


    GERMANY: The Federal Ministry for Transport Digital Infrastructure has invited applications for funding of projects designed to improve the economics and efficiency of rail freight. Proposals should relate to digitalisation, automation and vehicle technology, and applications should be made via the Federal Railway Office ...

  • ENNO Alstom Coradia Continental

    Automatic operation of regional passenger trains to be tested


    GERMANY: The automatic operation of regional trains in passenger service is to be tested in a ‘regulatory sandbox’ in Niedersachsen, the project partners announced on May 27. Due to launch in 2021, the project brings together Alstom, aerospace research centre DLR, the Technical University of Berlin, ...

  • The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices,

    Short Line safety culture resources published


    USA: The Short Line Safety Institute has released Strong Safety Culture Best Practices, a resource which draws on more than five years of safety culture assessments and the 10 core elements of a strong safety culture as defined by the Department of Transportation’s Safety Council. Best ...

  • REMSA is to host a USA Pavilion at InnoTrans 2018.

    Climate change question in REMSA’s 2020 scholarship application


    USA: The Railway Engineers Maintenance Suppliers Association has made climate change the focus of its 2020 scholarship programme, for which applications close on May 29. Applicants are being asked to draft an essay addressing ‘in what ways can the freight rail industry can benefit our environment? ...

  • The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations.
    Rail Business UK

    Investigation into human performance in signalling operations published


    UK: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published the results of an investigation into human performance during signalling operations, looking at what affects decisions made by signallers and the systemic factors which may influence them. The investigation examined five categories of incident: user worked ...

  • Coventry Very Light Rail scheme
    Urban news

    Very light rail track under development


    UK: The Coventry Very Light Rail scheme to develop a low-cost transport system for medium-sized cities has been awarded £1∙5m of West Midlands Combined Authority funding to support the design and development of track for use by lightweight battery powered vehicles. The project aims to design ...

  • Selby College engineering facilities
    Rail Business UK

    Siemens Mobility receives 200 applications for Goole apprenticeship programme


    UK: Siemens Mobility Ltd has selected Selby College as the training partner for its future £200m production plant at Goole, and has received 200 applications for the first 12 apprentice roles. The apprentices will be the first of up to 700 employees ...

  • LNER FutureLabs
    Rail Business UK

    LNER FutureLabs innovation programme launched


    UK: The LNER FutureLabs programme has been launched to provide an opportunity for technology start-ups to test their ideas in the railway environment. The programme has three ‘challenges’: More Journeys, More Often: digital services that encourage more people to travel by train; Personalised ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Railway embankment loading research contract


    UK: Network Rail has awarded Mott MacDonald a contract to lead the overall technical direction of Stage 2 of the Embankment Traffic Loading applied research programme, which is investigating the response of embankment clay fill to increased traffic loads and the implications for trackbed impact assessment. ...

  • Newport training facility
    Rail Business UK

    Signaller training centre to keep trains moving through the pandemic


    UK: Network Rail has converted former testing workshops and meeting rooms at Newport into a temporary training centre to ensure it has enough skilled signallers to keep trains in the Wales Western Region moving during the coronavirus crisis. More than ...

  • Infrastructure renewals (Photo: Network Rail).
    Rail Business UK

    Software speeds up Network Rail’s track renewals planning


    UK: Network Rail has adopted the University of Salford’s Thinklab tool to support its track renewal programme. Thinklab is a UE4-powered 4D simulation platform intended to model engineering possessions in a virtual simulation environment. NR is using the tool to improve the efficiency, cost and ...

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    Urban news

    Metro staff learning under lockdown


    INDIA: Maha Mumbai Metro Operation Corp Ltd has arranged for online training classes to be provided by the L T Metro Training Academy in Hyderabad, in order to make productive use of time during the national coronavirus lockdown period. A total of 41 people who had ...

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    Federal Railroad Administration publishes research reports


    USA: The Federal Railroad Administration has published a number of technical reports and research results. The topics covered are: Wireless Digital Train Line for Passenger Trains; Validating a 70-Ton Higher Speed Freight Truck Design: Phase II; Impact Test Data Analysis for Load Environment ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Siemens and BCRRE agree long-term research partnership


    UK: The University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd have announced an academic framework research collaboration, deepening the relationship between the two organisations. The collaboration is intended to allow the University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility to ‘advance the industrial application of fundamental academic research, whilst ...

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    Universities collaborate to support Colombian railway revitalisation


    COLOMBIA: Academics from Javeriana University in Bogotá and Manchester Metropolitan University in the UK have worked together to provide government officials with training in railway development. This is intended to support the government’s strategy to rehabilitate the 914 mm gauge rail network with the aim of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Aerodynamic research facilities enhanced


    UK: The University of Birmingham’s Transient Aerodynamic Investigation facility at Derby’s Rail Technology Centre business park has reopened following a £1·5m renovation. Part of the University of Birmingham’s Birmingham Centre for Railway Research Education, the TRAIN rig with an instrumented 150 m long track ...

  • Siemens Mobility has begun recruiting apprentices for its future Goole train manufacturing facility
    Rail Business UK

    Recruitment of apprentices for Goole train factory begins


    UK: Siemens Mobility has begun recruiting apprentices for its future Goole train manufacturing facility, with 12 three-year Level 3 Rail Engineering Technician Apprenticeship positions to be among the first of up to 700 jobs it expects to create at the site. The apprentices will start in ...

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    ‘Beware the bubble’, warn level crossing safety campaigners


    INTERNATIONAL: The International Union of Railways has selected ‘Beware the bubble’ as the theme for the 12th International Level Crossing Awareness Day, which will take place on June 11.

  • InnoTrans.

    REMSA to sponsor trips to InnoTrans 2020 for two students


    INNOTRANS: North America’s Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association is partnering with exhibition organiser Messe Berlin to send two students to InnoTrans 2020 in the German capital on September 22-25. Each sponsorship package includes round trip travel, hotel accommodation for four nights, a daily ...