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    Europe’s Rail takes over railway research portfolio


    EUROPE: The Europe’s Rail joint undertaking which is being established under the EU’s Horizon Europe research programme has formally assumed responsibility for railway research, succeeding the Shift2Rail joint undertaking which has led the sector for the past five years. The regulation establishing Europe’s Rail and nine ...

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    Industry and academic collaboration to apply machine learning to railway condition monitoring


    AUSTRIA: Frauscher Sensonic and the Institute for Machine Learning at Johannes Kepler University in Linz are to collaborate to apply the latest machine learning techniques to the use of optic fibres for railway infrastructure condition monitoring. Sensonic will fund two PhD positions, ...

  • Dhaka metro staff training in Delhi
    Metro Report International

    Dhaka metro staff trained in Delhi


    BANGLADESH: Operations and maintenance staff for the future Dhaka Metro are being trained at the Delhi Metro Rail Academy in the Indian capital, which is providing interactive classroom sessions, demonstrations, simulators, practical and on-job training. The training is being provided under an agreement between DMRC and ...

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    CAF acquires test bed EMU for hydrogen conversion


    SPAIN: CAF has acquired a three-car Class 463 Civia electric multiple-unit from RENFE for conversion to a hydrogen fuel-cell demonstrator under the FCH2Rail research project.

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail ‘concerned’ about future access to European research programme


    UK: Speaking at the Railway Industry Association’s annual conference in London on November 5, Network Rail Chief Executive Andrew Haines expressed concern that the difficult political relationship between the UK government and the European Union since Brexit poses a risk to future access to European railway research programmes.

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    Women in rail agreement comes into force


    EUROPE: A binding deal aimed at promoting the employment of more women in the rail sector came into force on November 5, when it was formally signed by the Community of European Railway & Infrastructure Companies representing employers and the European Transport Workers’ Federation representing staff. ...

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    Developing Poland’s next generation of railway engineers


    A Class ED250 Pendolino waits to leave Kraków with a through EIP service to Warszawa, Gdansk and Gdynia. POLAND: Alstom and Politechnika Warszawska’s Faculty of Automotive & Construction Machinery Engineering have signed an agreement to co-operate in the education of future railway engineers. The project involves ...

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    Metro Report International

    Young people urged to consider careers in light rail


    UK: An engineering ‘skills gap’ across many sectors including light rail means there are opportunities for young people to play a major role in meeting future transport and environmental challenges, says UKTram. The industry body is developing a light rail career ‘roadmap’, and planning a series ...

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    VR infrastructure training simulators


    SPAIN: Infrastructure manager ADIF has awarded Virtualware a US$1m contract to supply virtual reality simulators for construction and maintenance training. A 250 m2 room in Valencia will be used to train staff in lifelike immersive multi-user environments using Virtualware’s Viroo platform ADIF will be able to ...

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    India: Railway university bears fruit


    Although developed by Indian Railways, the National Rail & Transportation Institute is intended to provide a university-level education and research facility for the country’s wider transport sector. Raghu Dayal explains.

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    Autonomous train trials and green power planned at Velim test track


    CZECH REPUBLIC: The VUZ railway research institute has announced plans for investment to facilitate the testing of autonomous urban and suburban trains at the Velim test centre, and measures to lower the site’s emissions and produce green hydrogen for fuelling trains. ‘We ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Small plant training programme aims to save the rail industry time and money


    UK: City & Guilds’ railway infrastructure training subsidiary Intertrain has launched a small plant training programme which combines hands-on and online learning. The online elements would have previously been delivered in a classroom, and the new approach reduces learning hours by around 30% and lowers travel ...

  • Wolverhampton rail training centre
    Rail Business UK

    Training centre opens to provide skills for rail and tram projects


    UK: A rail training centre has been opened at City of Wolverhampton College’s Wellington Road campus in Bilston, with 40 m of track where students can get hands-on training in the skills needed to build and maintain rail and tram lines, including the slab track used ...

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    Donations sought to establish Reinschmidt railway engineering scholarship


    USA: Donations from across the rail sector are being sought to support a scholarship fund in memory of former permanent way specialist Al Reinschmidt, who died in 2018. The Albert J Reinschmidt Memorial Scholarship Fund, which has been established by friends and rail industry colleagues, is ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Signal engineering apprenticeships offer route to ‘well-paid, secure’ careers


    UK: Randstad Infrastructure is to expand its workforce by 50% and take on apprentices after being awarded a national contract to supply signalling engineers to Network Rail.

  • Lucknow metro accessibility workshop
    Metro Report International

    Accessibility training at Lucknow metro


    INDIA: Uttar Pradesh Metro Rail Corp has worked with the Handicare Indian Association of Persons with Disabilities to organise an inclusive public transport workshop to help senior staff as well as new recruits understand the needs of disabled passengers Handicare was established in 1986 as a ...

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    Children’s railway under construction in Mongolia


    MONGOLIA: National operator Ulaanbaatar Railway has begun developing its first children’s railway, where school pupils will be able to gain experience of railway operations. The 2·1 km circular line is being built in the northern city in Darkhan under a project being ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Network Rail and YRP launch ‘Welcome to Rail’ initiative


    UK: Not-for-profit networking body Young Rail Professionals and Network Rail have joined forces to launch what is intended to become an annual induction programme for people new to working in the rail industry.

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    DB and CFL co-operate on ‘extended reality’ rail training technology


    EUROPE: An agreement to co-operate to develop the use of virtual and augmented reality tools in specialist rail industry training has been signed by Germany’s Deutsche Bahn and Luxembourg’s CFL. DB says the relevance of immersive technologies in vocational training is increasing, enabling a merger of ...

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    Rail Business UK

    Reforms must address rail skills shortfall, says NSAR Chair


    UK: The rail sector will need to recruit 34 000 additional staff by 2025 ‘to match the changing skills agenda’, according to HS1 Ltd Chief Executive Dyan Crowther, who is also the current Chair of the National Skills Academy for Rail. Attracting a broader ...