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  • Network Rail STEM learning centre (2)
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail opens STEM learning facility to inspire the next generation

    2020-02-24T06:00:00Z

    UK: Network Rail has opened a dedicated STEM learning facility with the aim of closing national skills gaps by inspiring children to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths. Schoolchildren and community groups can participate in a range of STEM-based activities ...

  • ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network.
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    Effects of operating freight trains on high speed lines to be studied

    2020-02-20T10:00:00Z

    SPAIN: ADIF has commissioned Sener Ingeniería y Sistemas to study the effects of passenger and freight trains passing on mixed-traffic sections of the 1 435 mm gauge high speed network. The 16-month project will include field tests to observe and analyse the aerodynamic forces exerted when ...

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    Urban news

    Fast-charge battery development funded

    2020-02-18T06:00:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The development of fast-charge lithium-ion batteries to power catenary-free trams is among the projects which have been awarded A$11m of government funding under a programme to develop the national minerals sector. The A$5m tram battery project brings together the Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research ...

  • A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event
    Rail Business UK

    Rail Human Library aims to inspire interest in railway careers

    2020-01-22T05:00:00Z

    UK: A ‘Rail Human Library’ will form part of the 10th Get Up to Speed With STEM event which is to be held in Rotherham on March 25 with the aim of encouraging young people to take an interest in the construction, technology and manufacturing sectors. ...

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    Urban news

    Tram driving National Occupational Standards to be reviewed

    2020-01-20T06:00:00Z

    UK: Industry group UKTram is leading a project to review the existing Tram Driver National Occupational Standards. The tram driver standards were last updated in 2005, and the review is scheduled to be completed by June. NOS set out the skills, knowledge and understanding required to ...

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    News

    Afghans visit high speed rail training centre

    2020-01-19T06:00:00Z

    AFGHANISTAN: Staff from the Ministry of Transport recently travelled to China to be trained in railway management, signalling and operations. This included a visit to a high speed rail training centre. The Afghanistan Railway Authority said the engineers had acquired a ...

  • ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies.
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    Find Your Future at the InnoTrans 2020 Career Boost

    2020-01-18T06:00:00Z

    INNOTRANS: ‘Your.Future’ is the slogan of the InnoTrans Campus in Hall 21e, where students and young professionals seeking careers in the transport sector will be able to meet potential employers ranging from start-ups to international companies. A new feature at InnoTrans 2020 will be the Eurailpress ...

  • Canadian Rail Safety Toolkit
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    Funding for a classroom in a tank wagon and rail safety education

    2020-01-16T06:00:00Z

    CANADA: The federal government has announced funding for projects to raise rail safety awareness including the safe transport of dangerous goods. The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada has been allocated C$219 750 over three years for its Transportation Community Awareness Emergency Response initiative. ...

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    TAZARA and Copperbelt University form skills development partnership

    2020-01-15T06:02:00Z

    ZAMBIA: Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority and Copperbelt University have signed an agreement establishing a joint educational campus in Mpika which the international railway operator said would ‘create unheralded value and opportunities for both the university and the railway industry’. The campus at TAZARA’s existing training centre will ...

  • Former winners include the Riding Sunbeams project to use solar energy
    Rail Business UK

    First of a Kind competition offers £9·4m to support rail innovation

    2020-01-13T15:29:00Z

    UK: Innovate UK and the Department for Transport have launched the 2020 First of a Kind competition, which will provide £9·4m to support the development of innovative technologies in the rail sector. ‘For two centuries the UK has been at the cutting-edge of rail technology’, said ...

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    Promoting railway career opportunities in Turkey

    2020-01-13T09:00:00Z

    TURKEY: A memorandum of understanding to establish a framework for the promotion of railway training and career development has been signed by Alstom Turkey and Haydarpaşa Vocational Technical Anatolian High School. To help raise students’ understanding of the rail industry and equip them with ...

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    Shift2Rail invites 2020 research proposals

    2020-01-08T14:46:00Z

    EUROPE: Within the framework of its Annual Work Plan, the Shift2Rail Joint Undertaking issued its 2020 call for proposals on January 7, covering research and innovation projects with a total value of €146·6m. Applications are due by April 21. The call covers 19 topics, of which ...

  • Network Rail and Strukton have signed a MoU for R&D co-operation
    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail and Strukton Rail to co-operate on R&D

    2019-12-23T09:00:00Z

    UK: Dutch engineering company Strukton Rail has signed a memorandum of understanding to support the delivery of Network Rail’s £245m research and development portfolio during Control Period 6 (2019-24). The collaboration will build on work undertaken through the European Shift2Rail partnership’s Innovation Programme 3 covering the ...

  • Recycled carbon fibre bogie
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    Lightweight bogie made from recycled carbon fibre

    2019-12-16T12:00:00Z

    UK: A prototype passenger vehicle bogie made from recycled carbon fibre was unveiled at the Railway Industry Association’s Unlocking Innovation event at the University of Huddersfield on December 10. The bogie is being developed through a two-year programme being undertaken by a consortium of fibre recycling ...

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    Rail associations welcome EU Green Deal proposals

    2019-12-13T15:50:00Z

    EUROPE: Railway industry associations have welcomed the transport sector proposals in the EU Green Deal package outlined by new Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during a plenary session of the European Parliament on December 11.

  • Stadler Flirt H2 hydrogen fuel cell multiple-unit for San Bernadino County Transportation Authority
    News

    Understanding fuel cell applications

    2019-12-13T09:52:00Z

    USA: Having undertaken research into alternative propulsion technologies to support the order for North America’s first commercial hydrogen-powered train, the Center for Railway Research & Education at Michigan State University is to host a seminar on the topic in Long Beach on January 29-31.

  • Southern training
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    Course builds opportunities for ex-military personnel

    2019-12-13T04:00:00Z

    UK: Govia Thameslink Railway is sending staff from Southern’s newly-formed in-house maintenance team on an intensive five-week Level 1 foundation course in property maintenance run by Chichester College. The Building Heroes charity puts ex-servicemen and women through the same course, with Southern helping towards the cost ...

  • Perth C-series Alstom EMU impression
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    Local content emphasised as Alstom awarded Perth train contract

    2019-12-10T09:36:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: Public Transport Authority of Western Australia has formally signed the A$1·3bn contract for Alstom to supply and maintain diesel and electric multiple-units for use around Perth. Announcing completion of the deal on December 10, PTA said the biggest rolling stock contract that it had placed ...

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    News

    Helping short lines to prepare for emergencies

    2019-12-07T06:00:00Z

    USA: ‘Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis’, explained American Short Line Regional Railroad Association President Chuck Baker when the organisation announced a package of resources ...

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    ‘Romance’ of rail can mitigate skills crisis

    2019-12-05T09:34:00Z

    AUSTRALIA: The rail sector needs to embrace rapid changes in workplace expectations in order to overcome a looming demographic crisis, delegates at the AusRail conference in Sydney heard on December 4.